Let Your Style Change

Let Your Style Change Shu ha ri refers to a concept describing learning or training progression borrowed from Japanese martial art, roughly translated by Adkins (2010) as hold, break and leave. Shu, covering the maiden learning, requires the student to strictly follow the master’s instructions and replicate each move with the highest possible precision. Shu aims at ingraining basic moves in the learner so as to avoid such a learner thinking twice when it comes to application. Ha, the secondary level, involves the instructor allowing the learner some divergence from strict application, but not far off from the original kata. It aims at opening the mind of the learner to recognition of the usefulness of what is being mastered. Finally, the learner at ri level no longer perceives the rules as constrictions but as the basis to learning and freedom. The learner acts according to mind or heart desires without overstepping laws. Shu ha ri could be applied in real world. In human resources management, organizational leaders receive training to act as coaches and not as managers, thus resulting in an inclusive leadership style. It has also found application in software development, considered to be more of an art than science, where solutions and requirements involve collaboration among cross-functional teams, resulting in evolutionary development and swift response to changes.For a team of project members new to agile methodologies, the three strategies I would use include teaching, coaching and advising. I will teach them on agile values, practices and principles. Having an understanding of these, coaching would be introduced to help them find different solutions in developing their own solutions. After fully internalizing these values, practices and principles, I would adopt the role of being an advisor to them.ReferenceAdkins, L. (2010). Coaching agile teams: A companion for scrum masters, agile coaches, and project managers in transition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

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