Selling swimsuits to a drowning manby sundialsvc4 (Abbot)
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I like to go to “networking events” now and again (if the price is cheap), but sometimes it is depressing to watch the hawkers.
The thing that they are selling are little TLA’s (three-letter acronyms) to attach after your name. And, apparently, they’re not cheap. But one comment that was announced to the crowd, by someone who I’m pretty-much sure was a “shill,” went something like this:
“The very best thing I did for my career was to become a “SCRUM Master Level II”!! I had to dig to find the money, but you know, you have to ‘invest in yourself to get ahead.’ You don’t even have to know how to program.”
And then there was this other guy – let’s be kind and say he didn’t exactly look like Chuck Norris – who nevertheless styled himself a “third-degree black belt master” about some sort of management-theory or another . . .
So, is “the blind leading the blind” an accepted business-practice these days? Even though the person who runs the shop where I get my car serviced might not be holding an grease-gun when he introduces himself to me, I do want to know that he has held one in the fairly recent past. And, while I know that jobs like “car servicing” require a tremendous amount of intellectual study these days, at the end of the evening it’s all still all about: a machine. You can’t abstract-away the experience of having actually done this and replace it with a little piece of very-expensive paper. You can’t learn to swim by reading a book about it.
Now, I, likewise, do not wish to here “abstract away” the value of intellectual study, or employee training, or personal self-education. That’s not my point. But I feel like I was watching swimsuits being sold to drowning people. A little friendly-conversation around that room showed me that the length of the courses was usually “over the weekend,” and the prices of those weekends were high – $1000 to $3300 (USD). Ouch. If I had thought that I could just buy a bottle of “SCRUM sauce” and pour it over my career (with or without saying, “Shazam!”), I might at one time have been fairly-easily convinced to do so. Maybe I’m just too old and gray to believe it now. I do not see a credible value-proposition here, despite the intense sales pressure.
So ... can I now ask the Monks for what is your perspective here? Whether you, yourself, bought a Golden Ticket, or (I think more-likely) hired one, or didn’t, what were your experiences and insights into this matter?