Just saying it…

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Just saying it…

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I want to use this tweet from Ryan Ripley as an example. But I’m not trying to make an example of him, Prokanban.org, or Daniel Vicanti. I was just inspired when I saw it…

What Ryan is referring to here is the Code of Conduct on the Prokanban.org website.  I want to applaud them for have one, posting it, and being transparent about it. All of that is GOOD.

Just saying it, doesn’t make it so.

It’s a very, very, very early beginning, but just that, only a beginning. Now comes the really hard work.

That is, for example—

  • Understanding the nature, depth, and breadth of sexual harassment;

  • Training organizational members about it and giving them the skills and the opportunity to detect it. Then encouraging them and empowering them.

  • Then ultimately taking action on conduct violations. Making the action transparent and immediate.

It’s like saying—I’m not a racist or we won’t tolerate racism. These simplistic platitudes undermine the depth, breadth, complexity, and nuance associated with something as complex as racism.

Yes, I applaud Prokanban.org and all others, for example (Agile Alliance, Scrum Alliance, Scaled Agile, etc.) for taking stands on codes of ethics and codes of conduct.

BUT I hope they all know that this is simply a baby-step, a beginning, in a very long journey of vigilance, hard work, and commitment. And I’m looking forward to all of them (us, and me) to do the “heavy-lifting” as well…

Stay agile my friends,


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