APLN Chicago - Agile in Name Only

Topic: Agile In Name Only


For good or ill, "Agile" has become the new normal.  What began as a lightweight collection of common sense practices squaring off against the overstructured, top-heavy waterfall has now established itself as the new heir to the development throne.

Or has it?

The Agile we most often hear about ... heck, the Agile many of us practice is a far cry from the pure, principle-driven practices that original signers of the Agile Manifesto put their names to.  Is Agile even agile anymore?  Should it be?  Must it be?  

What defines Agile?  Are we practicing what we preach?  How much is too much when compromise begins?  When you proudly hang the wreath of Agility around your team's neck...is it decoration with meaning, or is it a boat anchor poised to drown them in expectations and misconceptions.

What is it going to take to fix this?

Speaker: Open Discussion

6:00 - 6:30 Food and Networking
6:30 - 8:00 Presentation and/or Open Space
8:00 - 8:30 Closing Business and Announcements

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  • Stephen M.

    I usually am really good at remembering things, but I can't seem to recall the process that Steve Young (sorry if I got the name wrong) was talking about that is related to the JAD process. I would like to do some additonal research. Excellent meeting!

    June 27

    • Steve F.

      @Montoya, you're either thinking of "Contextual Inquiry" (from DEC) or "Value Stream Mapping" (from Demming).

      June 28

    • Stephen M.

      Thanks Steve! That is exactly what I was looking for.

      June 30

  • Lance W.

    very good discussion from the thought leaders of agile

    June 27

  • Steve V.

    Good topic, experienced insights, real world examples and solutions. Much less anti-management distraction this time.

    June 27

  • Lilly A.

    Sorry, but will not be able to make it tonight.

    June 26

  • Emendeep S.

    Will miss June event, as I'll be out on business.

    May 24

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