As Morpheus would say:There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.Your first sprints will probably fail. Ours did. But you have to keep going.
Quotes from the Matrix always look cheesy
The Chicken Test
If it walks like chicken and clucks like a chicken, it probably is a chicken. And if the team is treating you like a chicken, then you are probably acting like a chicken.
After all, a cargo cult shop is imitating what they have seen about agile. However, like waterfall proponents, cargo cult agile shops are led by people who have looked at pictures of agile models, "read" agile books, or "learned" agile development from PowerPoint presentations. Perhaps there are a number of developers who know agile, but they may not be able to move the company towards agility in the face of generations of managers and developers who have been indoctrinated by DoD-2167.
the story of my life
WAgile, as all know, stands for "Waterfall-Agile", and is the pinnacle of dysfunctional development methodologies.
Or maybe we need to stop selling Agile. Maybe we need to say, "Agile is hard, and you can't master it by sitting through a two-day course." Maybe we need to be firm and say, "Sorry, if you don't use agile engineering practices, if you don't have high-bandwidth communication, and if you don't include a strong customer voice, you're not going to succeed. Try something else instead." Scrum is popular because it's easy--and that's part of the problem.
Is that linked to the cargo cult thingy?
This is an evolving web version of a book that I'm writing titled "Zero to Hyper Agile in 90 Days or Less."
a book as a blog.
This book aims to give you a head start by providing a detailed down-to-earth account of how one Swedish company implemented Scrum and XP with a team of approximately 40 people and how they continuously improved their process over a year's time.
another (free as in beer) book to read