Do you remember the second principle of thermodynamics?
I still remember when I sat in the physics class in upper elementary school. It rained and poured outside so hard that the metallic window-sill was causing noise. Our teacher, Anna was in the zone when we were discussing thermal physics. That surreal experience tattooed the second law of Thermodynamics in my brain.
Everything drifts from order towards chaos.
At last, I got an explanation on why my room resembled a ravaged beach property after a natural disaster. Whoa. Obviously, it is this law of nature.
Later I explained to myself that Murphy’s law probably means the same thing.
If something can go wrong, it will go wrong.
While working on software projects, it is easy to notice how often things drift towards chaos. Heaps of problems grow year after year towards the inevitable doom.
If you believe in entropy or Murphy, it becomes apparent that:
1. Your project will crash horribly,
2. Your life will end in horrific tragedy and finally,
3. The world will be destroyed, and only darkness remains.
But for some reason, we still wait for the destruction. Maybe there is a cause, which works day and night against the growing disorder?
You can test this out by heading to the forest. Do you see more things dead or growing there?
Life is not a battle against the odds. It is an alliance with the odds.
An apple tree flourishes and bears fruit in a tended garden. You can protect the trunk from a rabbit’s teeth. You can prevent bugs when necessary. Bees pollinate the flowers in the spring. You can even bend the sprouts to allow more sunlight on the branches. It boosts blooming. With good care, the chance of succeeding increases. And eventually, a bountiful harvest becomes inevitable.
If the tree does not bear fruit, you don’t fix the tree. You culture the environment where it grows and let nature do the rest.
Your software flourishes and bears fruit in a tended project. You can protect team’s focus inside the scrum process. Bugs are sought continuously and taken out one by one. The work itself does not fight against human nature. With good care, the chance of succeeding increases. And eventually, a bountiful harvest becomes inevitable.
Don’t waste your energy on a losing battle agains entropy. Use guerrilla tactics instead. Culture the environment. Hack the odds. Build momentum. Let nature be your ally.