Thursday, April 07, 2011

agile storytelling: salman rushdie

The key words in this nugget from 'controversial' (ie interesting) novelist Salman Rushdie being retell, rethink, deconstruct and change.

'Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives - the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change - truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts.'

And in the context of agile planning...(thanks again @madebymany)

- Collaboration & conversation over strategy decks & documentation
- Seeking simplicity of purpose over 'sacred' consumer insights
- Test hypotheses over long-winded research & deduction
- Respond to change over following a plan

Of course, being agile has to include the possibility of failure.

In the course of eating his own dogfood legend has it that the hapless Salman thought it was a good idea to charge money from his then-wife Padma Lakshmi for proofing one of her screenplays.

Needless to say she very soon arranged for herself to be the ex-Mrs Rushdie.

Them's the breaks. Test and learn...

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