Principles

Traditional versus Agile methodology

What’s the difference between traditional methodology and Agile methodology? A meditation on the paradox of Agile methodology and what psychologists term ‘locus of control’. Traditional methodology submits the development process to control by artefacts – procedure, standards, tools, etc. That is, it turns developers from engineers into instruments of the [...]

By |2018-09-14T14:18:16+00:00Friday, September 14 2018|Categories: Agile, All, Empowerment, Methodology & lifecycles, Principles, Process and method, Waterfall|0 Comments

Big Up-Front Assumptions

“Pro tip: Never assume shared understanding” - Charles Lambdin. Absolutely. In fact, if you’re in a position where a topic is under serious debate (consultancy, coaching, training, change programme, etc.) you should prioritise grasping exactly where your understandings differ, & removing that. From then on, change will be a lot [...]

12 Agile Corollaries

Everyone in Agile knows the 12 Agile Principles (I hope). Here are 12 Agile Corollaries to those principles. Not one-to-one, not in any order, not complete, but still… Agile is only suitable for disciplined, experienced & responsible professionals. Not just anyone. Even preparing for Agile can be a big job [...]

By |2018-06-07T17:16:58+00:00Thursday, June 7 2018|Categories: Agile, Agile 2.0, All, Principles|0 Comments

The people problem: 2 – Hierarchy vs network

10 more thoughts for an imaginary essay entitled: Getting to Agile: The ‘People’ Dimension. Apart from the change from employees to professionals, Agile’s other critical ‘people’ transformation is the change from hierarchy to network. A hierarchy is a vertically structured social system. It works from top to bottom. A network [...]

The people problem: 1 – Employee vs professional

10 thoughts for an imaginary essay entitled: Getting to Agile: The ‘People’ Dimension. Agile’s critical ‘people’ transformation is the change from employee to professional. An employee is a person you pay so you can tell them what to do. A professional – a doctor, lawyer, teacher, priest, etc. - is [...]

Is CMMI compatible with Agile? I don’t think so.

Introduction OK, there is a sense in which CMMI is  compatible with Agile. It just doesn't work as a model for maturing an Agile organisation. CMMI is a really interesting and, in principle, powerful idea. In particular, its maturity levels present a sequence of increasingly sophisticated models of [...]

Inhuman capital management

I work for a living. I like the work I do quite a lot, though like many (most?) people I suspect I would prefer to be professionally rich. However, some things about working for a living annoy me more than others. One of them is the language of business. Or [...]

Teaching your team to ‘Think Agile’

The take-away One key way Agile is far superior to waterfall and most other methodologies is the equal emphasis it puts on both product delivery and process/ systems/ organisational improvement. Unlike waterfall, improvement is built directly into the Agile process. But it’s important to distinguish between Agile tasks [...]

By |2018-03-19T13:06:26+00:00Friday, October 27 2017|Categories: Agile, All, Principles, Process and method, Professionalism, Quality|0 Comments

Agile as… Anti-Satnav

Both my children moved to north London a couple of weeks back. Much to our astonishment, they're sharing an old Carmelite friary with a dozen assorted friends and strangers. And then yesterday, for the first time, we went to visit them. For various reasons to do with Mother's Day we [...]

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