Rigidly Agile?

At the end of the year, I saw an interesting article posted by James Turner declaring the Cult of Scrum as one of the worst things of the first decade of this century. Now let’s first move beyond the usual “the decade isn’t over for another year” comments, and look at what he’s really talking about.

At first, I thought this was just another attack on the zeal that many agilistas exhibit. On the contrary, he is really railing against the dogmatic, inflexible application of Scrum that seems to be more the rule than the exception lately. Somehow we have moved from agile Development being about embracing change and avoiding the common pitfalls of a more traditional application development environment, and into a dogmatic, sometimes legalistic approach to software development management.

How, or more specifically why, we got into this predicament isn’t really important. Let’s explore where we are, and how to get back to the true spirit of agility. We can move beyond the arguments about whether Extreme Programming is better than Scrum, or is the future really Kanban, and drive deeper into what mindset is truly necessary for agility, and why we want to be there anyway.

About Steve Ropa

Steve Ropa has more than 25 years of experience in software development and 15 years of experience working with agile methods. Steve is passionate about bridging the gap between the business and technology and nurturing the change in the nature of development. As an agile coach and VersionOne product trainer, Steve has supported clients across multiple industry verticals including: telecommunications, network security, entertainment and education. A frequent presenter at agile events, he is also a member of Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. In his personal time, Steve plays principal trombone in a regional orchestra and is an avid woodworker.
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