[agile] or Else

Cork Board by kjudyJeff Sutherland said he was finding more developers who will only work in agile software development teams.

He also said that to his estimation about 10% of shops that claim to be practicing Scrum pass the Nokia test and have self-organized teams, product backlogs prioritized by a product owner and estimated by developers.

And that doesn’t even speak to refactoring, test driven development, pairing, continuous integration, built in quality, acceptance testing, etc.

And that doesn’t speak to knowledge creation and sharing practices across the entire organization, clarity of vision, understanding competitors, collaborating with customers, continuous improvement, and embrace of change.

I’ve come to understand that agile values place demands on development, management and business practices.

Two questions arise from this:

  • Would you only work in an [agile] shop?
  • What do you mean by [agile]?

for [agile] feel free to substitute: Lean, XP, Scrum, XP/Scrum, Crystal, Adaptive, etc. etc.

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About Ken Judy

I am an executive manager, software developer, father and husband trying to do more good than harm. I am an agile practitioner. I say this fully aware I say nothing. Sold as a tool to solve problems, agile is more a set of principles that encourage us to confront problems. Broad adoption of the jargon has not resulted in wide embrace of these principles. I strive to create material and human good by respecting co-workers, telling truth to employers, improving my skills, and caring for the people affected by the software I help build.

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