The State of Agile

July 3, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I posted a tweet & mentioned "the state of Agile" with an obvious negative overtone. I was attacked for having done so, not coincidentally by a CST. Interestingly, I had never said what "the state of Agile" was.
 
I realized this morning that I hear two groups of people talking about "the state of Agile." One group thinks it's great. This is mostly trainers from Scrum Alliance, Scrum.inc/org, SAFe, LeSS, Agile tools. Surveys show how Agile is everywhere with the presumption that that's good, but w/o a question of how good Agile is being done. Everything seems to be wonderful in Agile land.  But another group doesn't seem to be so happy. These are mostly the pratitioners. Many from very successful, growing companies
 
My own view is that we've stagnated. That the focus is on frameworks & certifications & not directly working on the problem at hand-identifying the work to be done such as decomposing it into small pieces & getting value realized. Few people leave initial training being able to do this even tho it's possible to accomplish this w/ATDD integrated into initial training
 
The idea to start out with frameworks instead of the meat of the work is an unvalidated hypothesis.
 
I believe there's a better way. Agile has been great-but it can be better
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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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