What book are you currently reading and what element do you most value from what you are reading?

The Magic of Reading ‘Ender’s Game’

Now, here’s an interesting curveball I’ve got for you – can you guess what book I’ve been reading lately? πŸ“š

Alright, everyone’s been asking me lately, what book is currently taking up space on my nightstand?

I think the answer might surprise you. 🧐

Well, it’s definitely not your typical business work, but a look into the world of science fiction. I’m reading the book ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card. πŸš€

Unconventional Wisdom

I’m a bit of a sci-fi geek at heart, and I’m really enjoying “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. And before you ask, I can answer, yes, it’s a world away from the usual business books I bury my nose into!

But, as I always say, there’s a lesson to be learned from everything we experience, right? πŸ€”

Although it may seem unusual for an Agile coach, I believe we can gain significant wisdom from diverse genres. The core lessons from Ender’s Game are incredibly relevant to the world of Agile and Scrum, resonating with many of the principles I teach in my courses.

Lessons from a Young Battle Commander

So, what’s this gem about?

Well, the narrative weaves a tale around a young prodigy, a mere 12-year-old, trained to be a battle commander in interstellar warfare.

Sounds thrilling. But it’s the child’s unyielding perseverance that strikes a chord with me. πŸ’ͺ

In ‘Ender’s Game’, we get to know this talented young battle commander. Despite his tender age, he exhibits astounding perseverance, always pushing forward, undeterred by challenging situations. He has a knack for doing things differently, trying out new things, and learning from his mistakes. This resonates with me on a profound level. ✨

Exploring Agile Themes in ‘Ender’s Game’

So, I’m no book critic, but in a nutshell, here are my key insights from this incredible book that relate to Agile and Scrum:

βœ”οΈ Perseverance – The protagonist’s determination mirrors the Agile value of commitment and resilience.

βœ”οΈ Creativity and Experimentation – He does not simply copy what others do but ventures out to experiment and learn, much like the principle of iterative development in Agile.

βœ”οΈ Learning from Failure – The character finds joy in mistakes because they lead to new discoveries – a lesson aligned with Agile’s “fail fast, learn fast” mantra.

βœ”οΈ Exploration – The young hero and his friends explore their problem space, reminiscent of backlog refinement and requirements discovery in Agile.

Here’s the deal – Ender doesn’t do what everyone else does. He doesn’t merely imitate his elders. He’s his own person.

He experiments, he ventures into the unknown, and in this process, he discovers new things, along with his friends.

They explore the given problem, how to win fights, and how to strategise. πŸ’‘

These are traits I advocate for in the workplace, characteristics that, I believe, will help people thrive in the 21st century. πŸ‘Š

Imagine a team equipped with these traits – unafraid to challenge the status quo, eager to experiment, learn from failures, and constantly explore new ways of working. Wouldn’t such a team outperform all others?

That’s what we aim for in my Agile and Scrum courses. If you’re ready to embrace these qualities and build high-performing Agile teams, join us! πŸš€πŸ’ͺ

For those who haven’t read ‘Ender’s Game’ yet, I highly recommend it. It’s an enjoyable sci-fi read with powerful lessons and a testament that we can learn from any book, fiction or non-fiction.

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John McFadyen Managing Partner
John McFadyen is an Executive and Enterprise Agile Coach with proven experience working on some of the UK and Europe’s largest, most complex Agile Transformations. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, John brings a wealth of experience as an Agile coach, Agile practitioner and software developer into each of the four core courses he provides. The war stories, the insights into successful Agile transformations and everything he has learned from coaching high-performance Agile teams combine to provide course delegates with a unique, compelling training experience that transforms as much as it empowers.

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