Softhouse Weekly #6

Since software development is expanding and finding its way to new business domains, I found myself thinking about how our Lean & Agile services could help old organizations in crises to move forward and evolve in a rapidly changing and developing market.

Surely, none of us have missed the recent story about Swedens most prominent culture institution – The Swedish Academy, founded in 1786 by Gustav III. The Swedish Academy is well known for its ”working on the purity, strength and, highness of the Swedish language” as well as being the Academy that annually designates recipients of several awards and scholarships – including the Nobel Prize in Literature. Unfortunately, the media is shedding light on a different side of our prized institution and the problems The Swedish Academy is facing in today’s modern community; a situation that could have easily been prevented if the institution had acknowledged an Agile way of working.

Why do I think so? Well, let’s put it in perspective and line up The Swedish Academy’s ongoing situation with the Agile Manifesto statements.

Agile manifesto states:

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
  2. Working software over comprehensive documentation.
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation.
  4. Responding to change over following a plan

The Swedish Academy:

  1. Team? No, instead they let people publicly accuse and defile each other in one of Sweden’s most distinguished papers.
  2. Ok – comprehensive documentation is kind of the whole idea behind The Swedish Academy.
  3. Who is the customer? Is it everyone using the Swedish language? It’s also a bit unclear who to negotiate with but since the king of Sweden decided last Tuesday to publicly announce “I might change the rules,” maybe we should start there?
  4. Change? The Swedish Academy’s rules date back to 1700 century and haven’t changed in the past 300 years.

The way I connect the dots is simple.

The Swedish Academy has a bad case of an unhealthy culture growing and working against them. For me, the essence of a thriving culture is to support, develop and help each other grow – every day. I am very proud to be a part of an organization that not only acknowledges the hard work and dedication required to obtain a healthy culture but also actively works to enable necessary interaction between colleagues, clients, and the community.

It matters how you are perceived,

Long live Agile Manifesto!


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Bengt Gustavsson, CEO Softhouse Consulting Sverige AB, at 076-883 24 69 or send an e-mail.