Why are people backing away from agile? Theory one – losing sight of craftsmanship

Agile approaches are great and I even tell my friends to use them. But recently I have noticed some organisations backing away from their agile implementations.

It got scarier when I noticed that Ron Jeffries, one of the original signatories to the Agile Manifesto, wrote an article titled “Developers should abandon agile.”

It’s a good read and he makes some good points.  You can find the article here at this link.

Debate is always good, but it is scary that one of the founders of a movement is talking about giving up on it.

So what is going on, are people giving up on agile?  From where I sit there are a lot of people taking up agile approaches.

Are the founders of agile getting nervous because a new generation is taking things further than the old guard were comfortable with?  I don’t think that is the case.

Or is “going agile,” and even “being agile” failing to deliver value for the people who do implement it?

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Where have all the agile coaches gone? Ping me if you find one.

A couple of months ago someone asked me if I know a good agile coach in Sydney Australia.   I thought I would be able to say yes because I am a hip dude who is in contact with the in crowd.  But it turns out my language is dated and a bit out of touch. So I contacted the few people I could think of … but everyone I knew was embedded somewhere for at least another year. The great coach drought I figured that was good news for my friends and that some people would come free eventually.  But … Continue reading Where have all the agile coaches gone? Ping me if you find one.

Quick update – where to find techniques on my blog

I often write about approaches that teams have used to solve problems, get going in their agile journey and similar things. But it can be hard to find things in a blog.  So here is an index with links to many of the approaches and suggestions that I have shared over the years. Kings Guide – tools and approaches described in this blog Let me know if you find it useful. Continue reading Quick update – where to find techniques on my blog

Agile project management patterns

In my last article I used a home made leadership model to look leadership in a self-managed (agile) team. I then used this as a basis to look briefly at how project managers might help or hinder an agile team.

Here I take that concept a step further by looking at how people use project managers to support agile product management.

I will explore some typical PM “role patterns” and then give my opinion on whether each is a good thing (a pattern to consider copying) or a bad thing (an anti-pattern to avoid).

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Leadership and project management in a typical agile team

In my last article I claimed that you can have an agile project manager who ran agile projects.  But the projects I described did not involve “typical” agile teams.

So now I want to show that a project manager can work well with a typical agile team.

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