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I do not think that word means what you think it means.

What does "Agile" mean to you?

I've got a strong opinion about what agile is and I bet you've got an opinion too. Ever notice that often what others think is agile doesn't match what you think is agile? The term agile is tossed around far too much today, and much of what is done in the name of agile is a farce.

Ever go to an interview for a company that claims it "does agile" and been shocked by how different it is to what you think agile is? You're not alone.

It's time to fighting back against Imposter Process that is agile only in name. The first step is to understand what the real thing is. Let's have a look at what agile is, and especially what it is not, using the agile manifesto as our guide.

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  • Neil

    Very interesting and useful.

    October 24, 2012

  • Dae Myung Clark K.

    The subject coincides with me

    October 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice speech!

    October 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to get out of the house :)

    October 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    In my experience it's a false sense of security and bravado by inept project managers attempting to believe they can contain a fluid development process. The only times I've seen it work properly, is when it was initiated by the team for it's own sake opposed to being mandated by non-technical management.

    For the most part the notion does more harm than good, as people experience poorly managed chaos and are told "this is agile", which for the majority of people it is, so ..... then, I suppose, that is likely what agile really is.

    October 1, 2012

    • Jim B.

      ...usually when it is mandated by management, it's in the form "you guys go do Agile", not understanding that everyone's got to be on board - but that 'everyone on board' thing is a prerequisite for ANY approach to work...

      October 1, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very much so and "We do agile" spoken by management is usually a cover for "we can make any request at any time with any scope" and just move everything and deal with it "in an agile manner". Any negative symptoms from that approach being inept developers of course ....

      Hence why I like being a TD now, as after 27 years of coding one tends to understand the nature of change and the consequences of fitting an activity into a process and into a finite time, opposed to the other way around.

      October 1, 2012

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