Had to leave the meetup shortly after the quiz part, so I caught only the beginning of the discussion and from what I have heard this topic has taken the most of it. The point of this question was to expose the CorpoRat persona’s answers or, in other words, try and guess which answers were provided by the real Agilists.
I think most of the people, including identified option D as the go-to solution for the situation, but few people argued for the option C to be considered as a valid option.
Here are some paraphrased arguments I remember and my opinions on them:
I think it is rude to have the camera off…
This is a fraction that appeared in multiple arguments, so I decide to pick it separetely. Here I would say that labeling behavior “rude” is a matter of either a cultural or a personal belief, which can’t be just generalized and instantly extended to anyone around. Management decisions and policies should be driven by increasing effectivity in production, not extending personal beliefs to other people.
It’s just switching on the camera, what’s so difficult about that
I remember this one being put in the discussion by a woman casually looking better than most of the developers I know put together, definitely used to make herself presentable, possibly looking forward to switching on the camera on any call. Introverts don’t function like that and for them “just switching on a camera” might be as complicated and confusing as for you “just spinning up a server” … talk to the person privately and understand them before you simplify their worldviews enough to cause an unnecessary (and expensive) interpersonal problem
It is rude towards the customer / other team members that we all have our cameras off except one guy on our team…
I already discussed the “rude” part above, so here I will focus on the “towards others” part. If you are on the meeting and you start forcing someone to do something instead of dealing with him privately, you are just making everyone else uncomfortable + driving attention to something that is definitely not the agenda of the meeting and so wasting time and energy of everyone involved.
Bottom line is that as an agilist you are supposed to avoid producing waste, which also means separating one issue from another and for each of them find the time and place in which they can be resolved effectively. When it comes to people, private conversations (hence D option) are definitely the first step to avoid chain reactions that can end up in a way too expensive outcomes.