This is my new tumblelog, dedicated to my core beliefs about life and work. I’ll begin with a explanation of its name, Agile Anarchy.
At its core, Agile is a philosophy, a way of thinking specifically about the work environment, business goals, and the treatment of workers. It offers a more human-centric and compassionate approach to counteract the mechanized, coercive approach so much of business is dominated by today. Starting life in the software development world (see manifesto) Agile has slowly, but surely, been penetrating other industries through frameworks such as Scrum and Cynefin. It dovetails neatly with Complex Adaptive Systems thinking and many new self-organized, trustful and humane approaches to work.
“People forgot that industry is not an end in itself, but should be only a means to insure to man his material subsistence and to make accessible to him the blessings of a higher intellectual culture. Where industry is everything and man is nothing begins the realm of a ruthless economic despotism whose workings are no less disastrous than those of any political despotism.” — Rudolf Rocker
According to the American Heritage Dictionary anarchy is “the rejection of all forms of coercive control and authority”. It is not about lawlessness and chaos, but is rather practical method of breaking down large power structures to release individual creativity and promote grass-roots collaboration.
“Anarchism, to me, means not only the denial of authority, not only a new economy, but a revision of the principles of morality. It means the development of the individual as well as the assertion of the individual. It means self-responsibility, and not leader worship.” — Voltairine de Cleyre
Agile Anarchy, drawing the best qualities from both ideas, is intended to challenge not only the current status quo, but Agile itself, as a new status quo is slithering in to take the place of the old—and starting to look identical. Agile has been co-opted by profiteers and cynics, who sell it like so much methamphetamine to those poor souls still grimly addicted to the old mindset. But it is only another quick fix. There is a tidal wave of change approaching, and it is my fond hope that these upstart charlatans will be washed away, along with all the old, worn out command-and-control veterans. Viva la Revolución! ;)
This tumblelog will be a collection of ideas on the edge of chaos; it will consist of articles, video clips, images, and links to related content to support real change in the workplace. If you are interested in challenging your own beliefs about work, and freeing yourself from corporate bondage, please follow Agile Anarchy — and feel free to offer any interesting links you come across, or ideas you may have. Thank you.
— Tobias Mayer, 21 January 2012