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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:

  1. 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

  2. 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:

    • Input

    • Value

    • Decisions

    Your presence is useless.

  3. 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.

  4. Be clear, not clever
    Don’t sound smart. Be efficient.

    Avoid nonsense words and technical jargon. It slows down communication.

    Choose words that are:

    • Concise

    • To the point

    • Easy to understand

  5. 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:

    • Collaborate

    • 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

  6. Use common sense
    Don’t follow rules. Follow principles.

    If a company rule doesn’t:

    • Make sense

    • Contribute to progress

    • Apply to your specific situation

    Avoid following the rule with your eyes closed.

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