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Would you just shut-up about agile, already!

Do you find all the heat generated about agile practices a distraction? Are you working on a hybrid agile/waterfall project and sick of the agilistas looking down their noses at you? Do you just want to get on with the work pragmatically?

In the early 1990s, David Morris was a passionate advocate of the pre-agile techniques (XP, DSDM, Scrum, etc. etc.) and in 2001 he welcomed the rallying cry of the Agile Manifesto, promoting the good practice to a wider audience.

Now, 20 years later, is there any longer a need to rally people? Agile practices have 'crossed the chasm' into the mainstream, proven themselves with a three-fold improvement on delivering successful project outcomes.

The agile movement has been taken over firmly by marketeers and consultants, promoting the latest training course and certification. The 2009 blow out that resulted in Scrum.org setting up in competition to the Scrum Alliance just made this worse, with practitioners themselves now starting to argue amongst themselves about which was the right way.

In David's opinion, this 'noise' just interferes with delivering what organisations need; so now tired and battered by all the fuss, David just wants to adjust the signal to noise ratio and get everyone focused on producing effective results.

What do you think? Is this throwing out the baby with the bathwater? Come along and join the debate.

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  • neeti b.

    very informative, refreshing and helpful session. Looking forward to attend more from David.

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • neeti b.

    indeed a very informative and helpful session. Felt better when realized that agile is as confusing to others as it is to me and that there are people like David who are there to guide us in right direction :)

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • jared d.

    Thanks for informative session! A great way to kick off 2013.

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • Janet C.

    A great session, thanks David.

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    A refreshing and practical look at agile (note the lower case 'a'!). Thanks David.

    1 · February 22, 2013

    • David M.

      you are very welcome Andrew (and remember, it is always 'agile [something]' ... after all it is an adjective not a noun)

      February 22, 2013

  • Roz M.

    sorry - unexpected work commitments

    February 21, 2013

  • Alan K.

    Am keen but unfortunately got some other commitment.

    February 21, 2013

  • Paul C.

    Where do I go to see the preso slides? Thks, Paul

    February 21, 2013

    • Jayesh J.

      Hi Paul, I will talk to David to see if he can share the slides and will post a message on the meetup :-)

      February 21, 2013

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