How do you learn Agile? Well it’s obvious, isn’t it? Formal training aside, you can find descriptions of Agile as a whole, of Agile methods, tools and techniques, of Agile roles and responsibilities, and so on, all over the internet.
And hopefully this approach works, because my own observations suggest that quite a few Agile leads are relying on this approach to get their teams up to speed or to tell them what to do next.
But is this really a safe way to run your Agile projects? Well, maybe – after all, think of the many resources that are freely available online:
- ‘Official’ Agile sites like Scrum.org, whose job is precisely to explain what Agile is and how it works.
- Consultancies and tool vendors, who provide descriptions of various elements of Agile in their blogs and other resources.
- Individual enthusiasts and gurus, who do more or less the same – often in some detail.
And it’s true: between them, all these sources provide a pretty good account of what Agile is and (to a lesser extent) how to use it. We know: we’ve reviewed literally hundreds, just to make sure we’ve captured the nature of Agile as it is really done.
But is this what you need to get your team to use Agile properly? We don’t think so. Trawling the internet to find out how to do Agile is like looking through an old box of jigsaw puzzle pieces, just hoping you’ve got all the pieces, that they all come from the same puzzle, that they add up to a complete picture, and the picture is the one printed on the box!
And our unqualified conclusion is: No, you can’t work out how to do Agile just by searching the internet. Fragments, hints and tips – yes; meaningful and useful answers – no.
|Internet resources||The Agile201 Approach|
|The ‘official’ Agile resources (rightly) concentrate of defining the Agile framework.||Agile201 defines Agile as an overall framework, but also details how Agile really works at two or three lower levels.|
|Vendors and consultancies typically provide information only on the aspects of Agile that relate to their products and services – and slant even what they do say towards selling to you.||Agile201 has no interest in tools or even consultancy – we are only concerned with providing a comprehensive, user-friendly and correct Agile lifecycle.|
|Internet sources are not consistent with each other: it’s impossible to trawl the net for explanations of Agile without ending up with flatly contradictory versions.||Agile201 provides a single, unified, end-to-end operating model.|
|Online sources are very partial.||Agile201 is nothing if not thorough!|
|They don’t define an end-to-end process, except at a very abstract level.||Agile201 defines a complete lifecycle, from top-level product management right down to the most detailed aspects of Agile’s practices, roles, methods, tools and techniques.|
In short, looking online for how to do Agile is more likely to lead to a weak and partial understanding of how Agile really works, to introduce conflict into your team as different team members cite different sources – few of them of very much value anyway!
Unless, that is, you come along to Agile201, where a single, coherent, consistent, complete and current implementation is to be had for a ridiculously low price. And you can have it right now – without distracting your team with endless online searches, and before the bickering begins!
And remember: Agile201 is completely unique – it’s literally the only place on the entire internet where you can find a complete, end-to-end Agile methodology!