The Money for Nothing and Your Change for Free strategy has been widely deployed as the basis of most agile contracts.
For More Info: See the Money for Nothing and Change for Free patterns at ScrumPlop.org.
We all know what Aristotle said is true: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
And we all know we have cognitive bias http://mentalfloss.com/article/68705/20-cognitive-biases-affect-your-decisions.
We may not know how much our lives are on auto-pilot as David Wilcox' recent post points out http://www.fastcompany.com/3061366/your-most-productive-self/your-brain-is-on-autopilot-more-than-you-think-heres-how-to-wake-i
So, may you find strength to sharpen your resolve and renew your commitment to #discipline.
In the rigor,
Creativity is not a thing.
What endures is process - dynamic, adaptive and creative!
- Margaret Wheatley
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
Agile/lean process framework advocate (SCRUM) ...and its staggering potential to transform a human organization when implemented in an organic/systemic way while leveraging: the power of purpose and prioritization; collective vision and commitment to continuous improvement; order, structure and pattern languages; rapid prototyping and validated learning; systems thinking; design thinking; self-organizing teams, and truly great leadership.
... oh, and this is the 'WHAT'... the 'HOW', like all great things, is very very difficult to achieve and sustain.
People seem to like Steve Jobs... ; ). Here's his take on all of this:
FOCUS AND SIMPLICITY. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it is worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
OR... how about this one from Peter Senge:
THE DANCE OF CHANGE: All movement occurs while it is being inhibited; nothing grows in the absence of limits and constraints.
Lastly, one of my favorites:
LECORBUSIER'S MODULOR SYSTEM: “The primary purpose of external rules should be to strengthen the designers ability to create.” LeCorbusier’s Modulor System (a great example) featured a small number of dimensions that could be combined to create a wide variety of shapes. "A system is not meant to be a hindrance. It is to be used as a tool and should be secondary to the creative design process." LeCorbusier insisted his Modulor was “not a system for design, but for measuring. The system alone could not lead to good design any more than a piano alone can create music.” It is the numbers that are important here. The numbers provide order, and the order will sustain the technical and aesthetic aspects.
...... he's speaking to architecture; however it relates to much larger systems such as this passage (from above): Don't confuse Control with Order. Nature offers us abundant displays of order and magnificent systems of great scope, complexity, capacity and diversity based on very simple 'pattern languages'... and, don't forget... Nature has accomplished this amid tremendous uncertainty and escalating non-stop change.
- Scrum Master / Agile Coach, 2008 - present