Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Creativity and Process

Here is a good quote:

Now I have to tell you something, and I mean this in the best and most inoffensive way possible: I don’t believe in process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that ‘it’s all about the process,’ I see that as a bad sign … The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You’re encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren’t that smart, who aren’t that creative.  Elon Musk, founder of Space-X and Tesla Motors
One of the key aims of Scrum is to vastly simplify the process that you have.  The experience is that people need a bit of process.  That the sonnet form leads to greater creativity by poets.  They need a bit of structure.  But then any additional structure needs to be asked for.  Not imposed.

And this is just the way we think with Scrum.

We think Scrum provides just the bare minimum of process that actually increased creativity.

And, we think that, after that, as process is forced on a Team, is starts to reduce creativity.  The heavier, the greater the reduction.  Now, creativity isn't everything, but we think in the knowledge creation business, it is awfully important.  Perhaps the most important thing.

I saw the quote at an article discussing Six Sigma and Creativity.  That article is here.

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