Agile methodology? But this stuff’s all over the net, isn’t it? Nope…

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.

More precisely:

Internet resourcesThe Agile201 Approach
The ‘official’ Agile resources (rightly) concentrate of defining the Agile framework.

  • That is, they describe a high-level abstraction, not a directly usable operating model, lifecycle or methodology.
Agile201 defines Agile as an overall framework, but also details how Agile really works at two or three lower levels.

  • This creates a complete implementation of Agile, from top-level model right down to detailed instructions, guidelines, risks and issues you can use (as the tagline says) right out of the box.
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 tell you enough to really do the job. Typically they explain some combination of what a given activity and how it’s done, but almost never provide a complete, directly usable answer.
  • Agile201 defines each task, tools and technique at every level from the ultimate why down to the detailed, hands-on how.
  • Plus a mass of guidance advice and ways to deal with the critical issues and risks.
  • They are like a roadmap – very handy, but if you don’t already know how to drive, you aren’t really going anywhere.
  • We can’t make you a driver, but we can help you quickly turn a learner into a skilled expert.
  • In other words, they offer helpful signposts but not useful tools.
  • Above all else, Agile201 is usable, all day every day, for managing every significant Agile task.
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.
  • So every time you need to find out what to do next, you need to find another source – one that may not quite join up or be consistent with the one you used for the previous activity!
  • Agile201 gives you Agile in the round – a complete answer, all in one place.
  • Different team members may use different sources, leading to team conflicts.
  • By subscribing to Agile201, your team is guaranteed to have access to a single approach they can all share.
  • One result of this is that they don’t define, for a given individual in a give role, where their responsibilities start and end. Instead they describe a generic process, which needs to be done by someone, without telling you who or where or when.
  • Agile201 not only defines every Agile role and how to organise for Agile, but also explains each Agile practice in terms of the detailed responsibilities of every role.

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!

By |2018-04-19T23:37:16+00:00Friday, April 13 2018|Categories: Agile, All, Methodology & lifecycles, Process and method|0 Comments

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