Are you an independent thinker or just an Agile Parrot?

There are two kinds of blog posters out there: 1) Independent thinkers who have their own opinion or conclusions about things, and write about them 2) Parrots who regurgitate what others have written with little to no original content.

When I read agile blogs, 99% of the postings are category 2.

Joe Schmoe blogs about what the daily scrum is, how it takes 15 minutes, blah blah blah. Can’t people just read the scrum guide? It’s not necessary to have 10,000 parrots pasting the scrum guide into wordpress.

It to me is pathetic that so many people just regurgitate the 15 principles, or whatever, and what is it, search engine bait so they can shill themselves as Scrum Masters 2 weeks from now?

If you have nothing to say, other than parroting what others say, then you aren’t an independent thinker. You are a yes (wo)man. Maybe you can claim to be an agile yes (wo)man, but you’re just going with the status quo, mixing parrotism and fad-ism in one banal posting.

To quote David Byrne:

“When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed. Say something once, why say it again?”

Please — if you have something original to say, then say it. If you don’t, don’t hit the post button. It’s that simple.


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