Elon Musk's Six laws of Productivity
Does Agile fit Elon Musk's Six laws of productivity? A slightly humorous critique of Agile implementations.
We join the party of the meme makers based on Elon Musk’s leaked email by looking at common Agile implementations from the point of view of his Six Laws of Productivity
The six Laws are:
Avoid large meetings
Don’t schedule large meetings unless you’re certain they provide value to everyone.
Large meetings waste valuable time and energy.
They discourage debate
People are more guarded than open
There’s not enough time for everyone to contribute
Leave a meeting if you’re not contributing
It's not rude to leave a meeting. But it's rude to waste people's time.
If a meeting doesn’t require your:
Your presence is useless.
Forget the chain of command
Fast decisions = competitive advantage.
Make sure to:
Communicate with colleagues directly.
Not through supervisors or managers.
Fast communicators make fast decisions.
Be clear, not clever
Don’t sound smart. Be efficient.
Avoid nonsense words and technical jargon. It slows down communication.
Choose words that are:
To the point
Easy to understand
Ditch frequent meetings
Don’t interrupt your team’s workflow if it’s unnecessary.
There’s no better way to waste everyone’s time. Use meetings to:
Attack issues head-on
Solve urgent problems
But once you resolve the issue, frequent meetings are no longer necessary.
You can resolve most issues without a meeting.
Instead of meetings:
Send a text
Send an email
Communicate on a discord or slack channel
Use common sense
Don’t follow rules. Follow principles.
If a company rule doesn’t:
Contribute to progress
Apply to your specific situation
Avoid following the rule with your eyes closed.