Monday, November 28, 2016

5 Agile Quotes: Kung-Fu-Panda-3

I love the Kung Fu Panda movies, hope you enjoy them too. Apart from the funny awesomeness of Po the panda, I love the subtle and not so subtle messages and quotes these movies contain. Here are few gems from Kung Fu Panda 3. I only saw it this week, so am sharing these now.

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1. When will you realize the more you take, the less you have? - Master Oogway to Kai (the beast)

When Kai tells Master Oogway that he has taken the chi of every master there is, Master Oogway pleads to Kai to realize this. There is a virtue in giving; always give when you can! So how is this connected to agile? There are examples. It could be giving help to a struggling team member, or giving credit to someone else who deserves it, or giving someone encouragement for their effort, or giving someone any other type of support they need - mentally, physically and emotionally.

Look beyond yourself. There is great power in humility and kindness, it helps build strong relationships that help teams thrive.
2. If you only do what you can do, you'll never be better than what you are. - Master Shifu to Po

This one is straightforward. A core tenet of agile is to keep challenging oneself to do better than today. Never cease to challenge the status quo, it is a key to customer and team happiness.
3. I have so much to learn! - Po after the party at the secret Panda village

Learning is essential for an agile mindset. Learning manifests itself everywhere. There is always more to it than meets the eye, but one should be willing to see beyond what is visible.
4. You gotta let the hill tell you where to roll. - Li, Po's panda dad during Po's training

This one is interesting. Agile mindset encourages to be courageous and to experiment. Let the results tell you what to do next. Surely there can be failures along the way. Accept successes and failures as normal events, but don't let the causes become your excuses.
5. Feeling relaxed? Just let yourself fall into it - Li, Po's panda dad during Po's training

This is a natural deduction for the previous quote. Immerse yourself into the environment and let it guide your actions thoughtfully. Not only will you increase your chances of success, you will also tremendously increase the enjoyment you get from your experience.

That's all for now! If you have more quotes to share from Kung Fu Panda or anywhere else, I would love to hear :)

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