The other day, I ran across this blog post by Jeff Atwood in which he argues, essentially, that those who would benefit most from learning more about their profession (e.g., reading programming books or blogs, studying process methods, etc.) are most often precisely those who are least likely to seek out such education on their […]
Over at Borland’s Agile Transformation group blog (which I contribute to), my colleague Jeff Brantley compares agile to group therapy. I think it’s an apt analogy, and it is definitely in line with my thoughts regarding agile and AA.
Over at the Agile Software Development blog, Janusz Gorycki reminds us that scrum activities–daily stand-up, planning, retrospectives–play an important role beyond the purported goal of each activity: The quality of the team and the caliber of its members is more important than the efficiency of its processes â€“ nothing controversial about this statement really, this […]
James Shore, author of The Art of Agile Development, has a new blog post, The Decline and Fall of Agile, in which he declares that “the agile movement has been in decline for several years now,” and by “agile” he specifically means “scrum.” He writes: There are a lot of teams right now failing with […]
Blogger Kishore Kumar, who apparently has no direct experience of agile, recently looked at the agile manifesto and its related principles of agile and concluded that agile is ‘the new religion‘ and that the agile principles constitute its twelve commandments. Over at the Borland Agile Transformation blog, I wrote three blog posts in response to […]
I’ve already compared agile to Alcoholics Anonymous, so why not religion? Tom Grant draws an analogy between the timing of Luther’s demands that sparked the Protestant reformation and the timing of the rise of agile within software development: Remember junior high school history class, when we heard that Luther’s protest conveniently occurred just when secular […]
In an earlier post, I made reference to Alistair Cockburn’s application of Shu Ha Ri to agile adoption. This comment summarizes a session at Agile 2008 in which the participants broke this agile maturity scale down even further: 0- The Agile Convert attempts to understand and learn all the Practices. 1- The Agile Purist follows […]
Amr Elssamadisy, author of Agile Adoption Patterns, has published an ‘Agile Adoption Cheat Sheet‘ in InformIT in which he outlines the steps to take in order to adopt agile. One thing strikes me right away about this article: it makes no mention of the agile manifesto or the agile manifesto’s principles. Perhaps the author assumes […]
I’ve spent a lot of time in the Borland booth the last few days, explaining our new BMS software to passersby. It’s actually been a lot of fun, as I’ve had the opportunity to talk with lots of people about our own agile experiences at Borland. The most interesting conversation was with an agile coach […]
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to attend any conference sessions on Tuesday. Several Borland employees got hung up in Chicago due to bad weather, so I spent most of the day working the Borland booth. I plan to attend some sessions today.