A mathematical formula to make agile work

I was speaking to some experienced Agilistas about whether “Agile” had a good or bad reputation at the moment.

We spoke about agile maturity models, agile certification, real agile versus pretend agile and even whether there was a right way to do agile. We did not come to any agreement about whether certification and maturity models were good or bad but we did agree there was no one formula for success in agile.

This seemed logical at first but then I thought there really should be one formula we can apply. That way we can simply measure people on whether they are using it and correct their approach for them.

So after minutes of detailed research and experimentation I came up with the following formula.

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