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Agile Schmagile<br />Does Agile Stink, or is it Just Me?<br />Jon Kern<br />
Questions!<br />
Are You Agile?<br />
Peak Performance<br />Do you work on a high-performing team?<br />How can you be sure?<br />
Abysmal Performance<br />Have you been disappointedby Agile?<br />What practice has failed you/your team?<br />
Grade From Your Stakeholders/Clients?<br />✔<br />
Grade From Yourself?<br />✔<br />✔<br />✔<br />✔<br />
Agile Stinks! Or Does it?<br />No escaping that Agile can be a BAD word<br />100,000+ CSMs could be a good thing, or not<b...
(Re-)Connect With Agile!<br />
Recipe For Agile Success<br />Killer App Software Product<br />Ingredients:1.2.3.<br />
Recipe For Agile Success<br />Killer App Software Product<br />PEOPLE!<br />Ingredients:1. 2.3.<br />Ingredients:1. PEOPLE...
Recipe For Agile Success<br />Killer App Software Product<br />Ingredients:1. PEOPLE!2. Process3. Tools<br />
Being Able to Reason is Key<br />Educate yourself about the agile practices<br />Learn about successful project teams<br /...
The Manifesto Reveals Truths<br />Individuals and interactions over processes and tools<br />Working software over compreh...
Agile Practices Demand Holism<br />Consider the project to be a system<br />Synergies of Practices<br />Holistic Approache...
Agile is Simple<br />
And Yet… AGILE IS HARD!<br />
Let’s Turn the World Upside Down<br />
The Anti-Agile Manifesto<br />We are uncovering better ways to provide the illusion of developing software by listening to...
So “What’s It GonnaBe?”<br />Agile Manifesto?<br />Bizarro Manifesto?<br />
How Do We Start?<br />
It Starts With You!<br />
Change is Hard<br />Especially because it starts with you!<br />I needtraining<br />We only work on COMPLEX projects<br />...
Be… a Craftsman<br />
Be… a Professional<br />
Be… Impatient<br />
Be… Balanced<br />Treat software holistically, as a closed-loop system<br />
Be… Lazy<br />
Be… Inquisitive<br />
Be… Bold<br />Question with BOLDNESS<br />Ask Why?<br />Why?<br />Why?<br />Why?<br />Why?<br />
Don’t: Just Do It!<br />Understand why you are doing it<br />Observe, reflect, adapt<br />
You Don’t Do Agile, You Are Agile<br />Agile is first and foremost a personal PRACTICE!<br />As is ballet, yoga, rock clim...
Agile Has Failed Us?<br />Not so much!<br />Return to the founding principles<br />Be Agile, don’t blindly just DO Agile!<...
Agile Can’t Change the World<br />But…<br />You can be more agile<br />Your team can be more agile<br />Your group can be ...
Agile Can’t Change the World<br />But…<br />You can be more agile<br />Your team can be more agile<br />Your group can be ...
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It would seem that Agile isn’t the foolproof silver bullet that we said it would be! Oh, wait. We never said that. Let me re-phrase this a bit. Ahem. Ok, so not all groups doing agile succeed in delivering software. And not all folks trained in two days of Scrum are magically anointed with wisdom and a Midas touch. The anger against “agile” is palpable in many discussion groups and blogs.
What should we do? Go back to Waterfall? Train people for four days? Well, I think it is time we do a re-set, and (re)educate folks on what agile is all about. If you are dogmatically following along with a handful of agile practices, but don’t really “get” the intentions behind the agile mindset, you may (will?) be disappointed in your results.
I’ve always said “agile is hard to do well” and I’m sticking to it! Let’s re-commit to the core principles and practices. Let’s do Agile like we mean it.

(Originally presented at JavaSymposium in March 2011)

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Agile Schmagile -- Jon Kern

  1. 1. Agile Schmagile<br />Does Agile Stink, or is it Just Me?<br />Jon Kern<br />
  2. 2. Questions!<br />
  3. 3. Are You Agile?<br />
  4. 4. Peak Performance<br />Do you work on a high-performing team?<br />How can you be sure?<br />
  5. 5. Abysmal Performance<br />Have you been disappointedby Agile?<br />What practice has failed you/your team?<br />
  6. 6. Grade From Your Stakeholders/Clients?<br />✔<br />
  7. 7. Grade From Yourself?<br />✔<br />✔<br />✔<br />✔<br />
  8. 8. Agile Stinks! Or Does it?<br />No escaping that Agile can be a BAD word<br />100,000+ CSMs could be a good thing, or not<br />How can we tell what we should be doing?<br />
  9. 9. (Re-)Connect With Agile!<br />
  10. 10. Recipe For Agile Success<br />Killer App Software Product<br />Ingredients:1.2.3.<br />
  11. 11. Recipe For Agile Success<br />Killer App Software Product<br />PEOPLE!<br />Ingredients:1. 2.3.<br />Ingredients:1. PEOPLE!2.3.<br />
  12. 12. Recipe For Agile Success<br />Killer App Software Product<br />Ingredients:1. PEOPLE!2. Process3. Tools<br />
  13. 13. Being Able to Reason is Key<br />Educate yourself about the agile practices<br />Learn about successful project teams<br />Engage in observation – Cause and Effect<br />Reason about what you do as a team<br />Reflect & Adapt<br />
  14. 14. The Manifesto Reveals Truths<br />Individuals and interactions over processes and tools<br />Working software over comprehensive documentation<br />Customer collaboration over contract negotiation<br />Responding to change over following a plan<br />
  15. 15. Agile Practices Demand Holism<br />Consider the project to be a system<br />Synergies of Practices<br />Holistic Approaches<br />
  16. 16. Agile is Simple<br />
  17. 17. And Yet… AGILE IS HARD!<br />
  18. 18. Let’s Turn the World Upside Down<br />
  19. 19. The Anti-Agile Manifesto<br />We are uncovering better ways to provide the illusion of developing software by listening to others talk about watching people try. Through this (dare I call it?) work, we have come to value:<br />Dogmatic process and CASE-tool-like automation over inspiring quality individuals to interact with the team and the clients<br />Sufficient up-front comprehensive design specifications over seeing frequent, tangible, working results.<br />Writing detailed Statements of Work and negotiating changes over collaborating to do our collective best with the time and money at hand<br />Driving toward the original project plan over accommodating the client changing their mind, or a path turning into a dead end<br />
  20. 20. So “What’s It GonnaBe?”<br />Agile Manifesto?<br />Bizarro Manifesto?<br />
  21. 21. How Do We Start?<br />
  22. 22. It Starts With You!<br />
  23. 23. Change is Hard<br />Especially because it starts with you!<br />I needtraining<br />We only work on COMPLEX projects<br />We’re stuck with legacy code<br />The QA Dept does all of our testing<br />Agile isa Fad<br />Tight Deadlines<br />TDD takes too much time<br />Management doesn’t care about quality<br />We’ve never done it that way before<br />We need full requirements up front<br />
  24. 24. Be… a Craftsman<br />
  25. 25. Be… a Professional<br />
  26. 26. Be… Impatient<br />
  27. 27. Be… Balanced<br />Treat software holistically, as a closed-loop system<br />
  28. 28. Be… Lazy<br />
  29. 29. Be… Inquisitive<br />
  30. 30. Be… Bold<br />Question with BOLDNESS<br />Ask Why?<br />Why?<br />Why?<br />Why?<br />Why?<br />
  31. 31. Don’t: Just Do It!<br />Understand why you are doing it<br />Observe, reflect, adapt<br />
  32. 32. You Don’t Do Agile, You Are Agile<br />Agile is first and foremost a personal PRACTICE!<br />As is ballet, yoga, rock climbing…<br />Never a master, always a student<br />
  33. 33. Agile Has Failed Us?<br />Not so much!<br />Return to the founding principles<br />Be Agile, don’t blindly just DO Agile!<br />Apply common sense<br />Agile problems? First look inward…<br />The Agile Mindset has no agenda, no certificate<br />
  34. 34. Agile Can’t Change the World<br />But…<br />You can be more agile<br />Your team can be more agile<br />Your group can be more agile<br />Your company can be more…<br />
  35. 35. Agile Can’t Change the World<br />But…<br />You can be more agile<br />Your team can be more agile<br />Your group can be more agile<br />Your company can be more…<br /><ul><li> Maybe agile CAN impact the world after all!</li></li></ul><li>Agile Schmagile<br />Does Agile Stink, or is it Just Me?<br />Jon Kern<br />jkern@lightshipinc.comjkern@axialexchange.com<br />http://TechnicalDebt.com<br />Thank you!<br />

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