By Brian Lucas
This one is for Jack!
Agile runs on confidence, confidence is built on trust, trust is built on friendship. Agile enterprises built on any other foundation are houses of cards ready to collapse at the slightest pressure. Without friendship and loyalty there is no stability in personnel or operations. I often speak of the need for positives in agile and preach the principles of Dale Carnegie. They do indeed work when honestly applied. Just as Agile Software Development has a manifesto, here is mine on honoring friendship.
If your first thought is for a friend’s comfort and not your own.
If your generosity to your friend is greater than that which you show yourself.
If you share a friend’s sorrow or burden and thereby half it.
If you rejoice in a friend’s happiness and thereby double it.
If you freely acknowledge a friend’s accomplishment and are never jealous.
If your words to your friend are always encouraging and never disparaging.
If your commitment to your friend is more important than your commitment to yourself.
If you are slow to take offense and quick to forgive a friend their faults.
If you often take the time to share an uplifting moment or thought with your friend.
If you never ignore a friend, even when it is inconvenient.