The workshop was well received during the Global Scrum Gathering in Bengaluru. One common question asked by many participants was the meaning of “Ontology”. Ontology is a branch of philosophy, deal…
Source: Ontological constraints in coaching ‘Agile Teams’- Part 2
The workshop was well received during the Global Scrum Gathering in Bengaluru. One common question asked by many participants was the meaning of “Ontology”. Ontology is a branch of philosophy, dealing with study of the nature of being. Currently ontology based concepts are used in professional coaching and leadership development work. (Harvard Professor Dr. Michael C. Jensen (his initiative EJI) , Prof Dave Logan of UCS author of Three Laws of Performance, have done significant research and contribution to this field).
The term ontology is also used in Computer/Information Science for formal naming and definition of the entities for a particular domain.
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The intention of the workshop is to give the participants a glimpse of “being” as an experience. It is important to understand and know the difference between “doing” and “being”, since in any agile implementation “being agile” is more important than doing agile. If this distinction is not made very clear then all the agile practices will face the risk of ending up like rituals without significant outcomes.
During the sessions one key exercise is to identify the subtle differences in actions taken (doing), results obtained (having) and the experience (being). The importance that the language plays in differentiating the experience is also discussed.
In the later part of the workshop the key constraints which are natural to all human beings are discussed and demonstrated through games (Rocket Singh).
The best way to understand these concepts is to participate in one of the sessions and experience it.
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