Do be do be do - Frank Sinatra on Agile

August 19, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Do we "do Agile" or do we "be Agile"?

Ultimately, Agile is a mindset. But how do we get there?
Consider these two alternatives:

Learning a framework
A team does the following:
* daily standups
* has a product backlog
* breaks work up into 2 week chunks and plans what they will do
* attempts to build entire chunk
* stops working after 2 weeks to inspect & adapt & demo what they have
* has a product owner and scrum master

Alternative approach

Learning the actual work
A team knows how to take their work and slice it into small pieces with acceptance criteria they got working with their product owner.
They focus on finishing
Every two weeks they see where they are, demo it and do a retro. Then they plan out two more weeks of work.

Which will be more effective? Which approach will help them start operating more as a team?
Which will create more resistance to having more ceremonies and more meetings? (I suggest the second will have them embrace the ceremonies of the first as supportive).

BTW- this is not a thought experiment. We've done both (but only do the 2nd one now).  If you also think the 2nd is better, it's nice that it's also less expensive in time & money. Drop me a line.

Al Shalloway

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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