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Zen Mind Warrior Spirit: Mindsets for Agile Developers

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May 3, 2013 8:30 AM

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO

While agile is not generally thought of as a software philosophy, the ideas and principles behind it have a balanced, Zen-like quality. Zen thought is devoted to self-examination and mindful existence by following simple practices to achieve an understanding of life and the interconnectedness of things. Where Zen's focus is on individual improvement, the activities of warfare apply to groups and include planning and estimation, cooperation on shared objectives, reflection on successes and failures, among others. The Warrior Spirit lives behind the details and organization of warfare, and embodies an ethos of discipline, courage, selflessness, duty, and honor. These values strengthen the resolve of the warrior in the face of adversity, and provide a purposefulness to everyday activities. Two mindsets grounded in disciplined practices, have parallels with agile software development. This technology-neutral talk describes how both Zen principles and the precepts of the warrior mindset can inform developers seeking mastery of their craft as well as better results in their business.

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