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Off the Beaten Track

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The Agile Manifesto puts “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” up front. Yet, as Agile is finally getting popular traction, what we experience are method wars and, instead of trusting seasoned and experienced practitioners, companies are looking for questionable method certifications and framework resellers for help.

As they go about scaling what they think of as agile, they’re changing work environments and professional identities, relocating people routinely into new teams and frequently to new locations. Solutions are all about reengineering work flows, not about meeting workers’ needs.

Yes, the solutionists have treated work as a sausage machine before they gobbled up the agile propaganda, but the popularizations they use now came out of our attempts to convince the same audience. There’s the pivot to demand that it’s about being Agile, not just doing Agile and asking for mindset change, but aren’t these just attempts to bring back an ambiguity that we understand to have lost by defining all these recipe-like practices, by pretending that answers come easy?

“If we can more precisely identify our organizational and individual needs, we can more explicitly meet them...” writes Amitai Schleier. https://schmonz.com/2017/12/29/training-agile-fluency-game/

Yet, we commonly do very little to gain situational awareness about the organisation we joined to transform. We ask the organisation to adapt towards our big picture and increasingly resist to adapt ourselves to the new environment.

Agile initially asked us to reflect on our beliefs and go off piste to look for ideas to improve. It borrowed from psychology, design and cognitive science. I have been looking for more such ideas,  following my need to learn about the organisations that invited my help.

Slides and Video: https://www.infoq.com/presentations/agile-practices-discussion

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Marc Burgauer

Agile Coach
Marc has experienced professional life as a biologist, an award-winning performance artist and musician, as a business analyst, enterprise database architect and early web applications programmer, startup founder, company board member, and in various management functions.An early... Read More →

Monday April 23, 2018 11:40 - 12:30 BST
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