During the past decade, the adoption of agile has grown incredibly. But the dependence of businesses and society on software has increased even more. Software is eating the world.
The survival and prosperity of many people and organizations depend on software. Complexity and unpredictability continue to increase. Yet, many organizations are stuck with old thinking like productivity, performance and blindly pushing more requirements out to the market.
The focus of managing has not shifted to, like was a core intent of the agile movement, optimizing the VALUE that the software brings to the organization. The urgency to do so grows.
The agile values and spirit are more needed than ever, but it's time to include management in the empirical thinking.
Gunther Verheyen directs the Professional Series at Scrum.org and is a partner of Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator. Gunther and Ken have developed a view on management in an agile context, "Evidence-Based Management" (EBM).
EBM has its roots in medical practice and promotes evidence-based decision-making in the managerial domain of software.
In his keynote presentation at Scrum Day Europe 2014, Gunther looked at the state of agile through the lens of EBM, and introduce how to apply its principles in a context of software.
If no evidence is collected on the value of software, informed management decisions to maximize it cannot be made. Software development deserves a professional way of managing, a way of managing that is more than mere intuition, opinion and position.