Back on the blog

Back on the blog

It has been two years since my lastest post on AgileThoughts and now I feel like making a comeback. Before I elaborate on why the timing is now right I want to revisit why I started blogging in the first place.

Originally I started blogging about my passion for agile primarily because I found setting up the blog a nice experience almost reminding me of the good old days when I earned a living as a developer. This time around the technical challenge has not been the primary motivator, but it has still been a nice experience playing with MySql, PHP and Perl. I’m still not very good at it, but I love the creative process and craftsmanship.

As the original satisfaction faded I found that blogging about agile gave me at least three things: First of all writing helped me structure my thinking and challenge me to reflect on old habits. Secondly it felt good to share my experience with others and lastly I got a lot of great feedback from the community.

This time around I hope to get some of the same benefits from blogging. Since last time I have shifted from being responsible for the Project Management team to the entire delivery organization with direct responsibility for the technical team. However I still stick to core agile principles in my work since that is the only way I am able to lead efficiently.

Lately I have also taken on the role of Agile Coach on a few projects and it has been great fun. I’m also involved in reenergizing the Danish Chapter of APLN and planning a new Agile Coach Camp unconference to take in Copenhagen in the fall. In future posts I will reflect on the events above as they unfold and my role as an agile coach, but also on how I have applied agile to my new areas of responsibility. I will also review and repost some of the old posts from my old AgileThoughts blog.

Finally I want to touch on my choice of language. For a while I considered writing in my native language Danish. Actually I already wrote a post equivalent to this one in Danish and got some great feedback on it from my colleague and fellow agilest Brian Soegaard (@BrianSoegaard). In the end I nevertheless feelthat the possible benefits of getting feedback from the entire agile community outwaits the limitations writing in a foreign language.

I hope you like what you read and I will appreciate any feedback on my writing.

/Martin