I am not a number! I am a participating team member!
I was listening to 99% Invisible podcast the other day and the episode had a segment on The Prisoner. A 60’s TV show, The Prisoner was about a spy who was being held on a secret island. It was fun, crazy and hip. One of the things I remember and love to quote is part of the opening dialog where the Prisoner declares “I am not a number, I am a free man!” That always makes me chuckle.
I do believe there is a decent amount of truth in this statement. Not the part about being a number, the part about being free. I just don’t think people truly understand this. Made me think about Can’t stop the storming. In this podcast, Doug and I talk about sometimes when things are not working out in your agile group, it’s time to move on. It’s about realizing that working at a company is your choice. You have the freedom to leave the island. Leaving isn’t easy but, unlike staying in a bad situation, going to a different island (job) has the potential to be rewarding and a good fit. This is especially true if you are part of an Agile team (scrum or kanban) where an emphasis is placed on teamwork and good communication skills.
Need to give a shout out to Iron Maiden who made a hard rocking, head banging song, The Prisoner based on the show.