I recently ran a coaching session for a team who have been adopting agile. They were struggling to gain value from some of the practices and felt a little guilty, but I was impressed with how they collaborated, focused on what mattered and took accountability for delivery.
I told them that they were actually pretty agile, but they were not making the best use of the agile ceremonies or the techniques such as user stories.
It got me thinking about the value of agile and where I had seen it work. Then I started thinking about why it failed in so many cases. And that is what this article is about – why agile often seems to fail when the coach and the team want it to work.