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Long-Term Vision, Short-Term Process

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One of the criticisms we’ve all heard about the Agile methodology is that it encourages mediocrity. It clouds our long-term vision with small-scale “quick wins” and forces us to focus on gradual improvements on an unambitious existing product. This talk aims to dispel this myth by distinguishing the difference between vision and process. The truth is that Agile does not stifle creativity, it does not prevent us from looking further into the future. I’ll give real-world examples of ways teams can continue to foster their long-term ambitions whilst maintaining a process which focusses on the here-and-now.

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Long-Term Vision, Short-Term Process

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