When an approach or a technology reach the hype level, then every IT solutions provider include it in the description of what it offers. This is today the case for Agile and Scrum in software development. This is why the Defense Innovation Board (DIB) has worked on a document to help US Department of Defense (DoD) agencies to detect Agile bullshit.
Agile change and transformation
Projects have been the main working mode of software development activities since the beginning of computers. According to Allan Kelly, it is however not the best mode to develop software. He fosters the #noproject movement to fight project myopia that he defines as the “belief that the project model is the only way of managing business change and development.”
There’s some weird stuff going on in the name of “agile” nowadays.Too many pretty promises, eager exaggerations, and misguided misapplications of misunderstood premises make for troubling times. So what is the future of agile? We want to share with you how agile fails and how agile succeeds. The key to the future of agile is being thoughtful, realistic, and above all skeptical.
As organizations transition to an Agile approach, the management and leadership styles must also change to adapt themselves to the new values and behaviors. In this article, Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová explains how an Agile Leadership concept can help leaders to be effective in an Agile organization.
If the title of this book is a clear reference to the current trendy approach in software development, readers should be aware the that most important part is maybe in the subtitle “Systems Thinking and Organizational Legacy”. Not that Agile minds will be disappointed by reading it, but this book discusses the more important fact that from time to time software developers tries to adopt a new set of best practices and most of the time they fail.
Scrum is becoming very popular and this iss good. Consciously or not, most people adopt Scrum by blindly following a so-called Scrum expert; that’s not so good. As more organisations look to an Agile transition to become more efficient, I am keen to make sure that they realise that there is more to Agile than just Scrum.
Should agile practitioners avoid large corporate clients? Are they just too hard to take on a progressive agile journey? Helping companies that think they are already agile to actually adopt agile is an interesting challenge, for a start, nobody likes to be told that they are doing it wrong. In this video, David Espley shares his experience of helping larger corporate clients to act more like Lean startups, discusses how you wean people off their agile washed legacy processes and let go of some of the big company baggage.