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Shu Ha Ri: The Evolution of Agile Practices



Agile methodology has become the go-to approach for software development and project management. One concept within Agile that is often misunderstood is "Shu Ha Ri." It describes the journey of a learner progressing from dependence to independence and expertise. Let's break it down:

  • Shu (守) - Beginner's stage. Follow prescribed techniques closely.

  • Ha (破) - Understand principles, experiment, and explore beyond guidelines.

  • Ri (離) - Highest level of expertise. Create unique strategies based on deep understanding.

Applying Shu Ha Ri to Agile practices:

  1. Shu - Embrace the basics and establish a strong foundation.

  2. Ha - Question existing practices, experiment, and adapt to optimize productivity.

  3. Ri - Achieve mastery, innovate, and create unique approaches.

Can also be understood as:

  1. Shu - Follow the rules

  2. Ha - Break the rules

  3. Ri - Transend the Rules (This is where true agile transformation takes place.)

Shu Ha Ri brings a valuable perspective to Agile practices, fostering continuous improvement and innovation. It is a cyclical journey, where teams constantly learn and adapt. Let's embrace Shu Ha Ri and elevate our Agile practices to new heights!

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