“Scrum has its roots in Japanese thought and practice”, Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum, tells us in his book Scrum: the art of doing twice the work in half the time (Random House, 2014), p.38.
One of the ideas that Scrum has drawn on is the Japanese martial art concept of shu ha ri (or shuhari) which outlines three stages of learning towards mastery.
Over the last few years, I have found this a really useful model to bear in mind when working with teams as they embrace and grow towards agility.
In spring 1988 I travelled to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) for a week with my school. We flew from London to Moscow, stayed in the capital for a few days then took an overnight train to Leningrad (now St Petersburg), not far from the Finnish and Estonian borders.
Back in the day when I was learning how WordPress worked (that’s the blogging/content management software that’s running this here blog-like thing) I must have literally spent hours pouring over the documentation, I printed out the source code and picked it apart, and found out what made it tick.
I really need to do the same with Joomla! 1.5 — but it’s hard to settle down to a leisurely investigation exercise like that when you just want the site that you’re planning on building with it to be built and delivered yesterday.
But there’s no shortcut in learning this kind of thing. You just have to put in the time.
Thankfully I’ve got Barrie M. North’s excellent book Joomla! A User’s Guide to help.