Over the past several months I have diving deeper into the work of Alistair Cockburn and the Heart of Agile concept. Alistair is one of the original contributors of the Agile Manifesto and he has a great way of cutting through the crap to get to the good stuff.
I agree with Alistair’s belief that Agile today has become a victim of being too mainstream and commercialized. It has become something you do, a process vs a way of approaching problem solving. Scrum and other frameworks have become something teams are expected to execute with precision vs a way to learn agility. We have placed too much focus on executing well while forgetting the reasons why were doing it.
Don’t get me wrong, I think frameworks can be useful ways for teams to organize and deliver. I also believe that without strong cultural support of the agile principals that live below the surface organizations will struggle and fail to win with agile.
Below is a excerpt from Alistair’s Heart of Agile site with the link following at the end.
“Agile has become overly decorated. Let’s scrape away those decorations for a minute, and get back to the center of agile.”
When encouraging getting back to the center of agile, I found I kept emphasizing four things: