HoA #59: “Agile” Does Not Work for You? Tackling Fake Agility w/ Johanna Rothman
Your team is supposed to use an agile approach, such as Scrum. But you have a years-long backlog, your standups are individual status reports, and you’re still multitasking. You and your team members wish you had the chance to do great work, but this feels a lot like an “agile” death march.
There’s a reason you feel that way. You’re using fake agility—a waterfall lifecycle masquerading as an agile approach. Worse, fake agility is the norm in our industry.
No one has to work that way.
Instead, you can assess your culture, project, and product risks to select a different approach. That will allow you to choose how to collaborate so you can iterate over features and when to deliver value. When you do, you are more likely to discover actual agility and an easier way to work.
- Have a clear understanding of the different lifecycles and when to use each.
- Be able to assess your project, product, and portfolio risks.
- Know how to customize a lifecycle based on the unique culture and requirements of the team.
- How to create shorter feedback loops in any lifecycle for product success.
“People know me as the “Pragmatic Manager.” I offer frank advice—often with a little humor—for your tough problems. I help leaders and managers see and do reasonable things that work. Equipped with that knowledge, you can decide how to adapt your product development, always focusing on the business outcomes you need.
My philosophy is that people want to do a good job. They don't always know what they are supposed to do, nor how to do it.”
- Twitter (My profile is still there, but I do not interact on that platform.)
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