Demystifying the Myths of Agile...Revisited
Some prescient events occurred to me that provide the background for this article. The first was a conversation I had after a meeting whereupon a work colleague, who is new to agile, made some observations over the assumptions he had about “self-organizing” and “cross-functional” teams that seemed very wrong to me. Another is when I came across an article written by fellow gantthead writer Andrew Makar about debunking the “myths” he had about agile, which are summarized below (please read his article for eye-opening insights into the details of how he came upon his myth debunking conclusions):
- Agile Myth No. 1: Agile is just an excuse to code with no documentation
- Agile Myth No. 2: Agile doesn’t follow any PMBOK compliant processes
- Agile Myth No. 3: There is no planning in agile
- Agile Myth No. 4: Agile won’t work with distributed teams
In my situation, it lead me to brainstorm all the myths and misconceptions I had about agile and forced me to consolidate, think through and evaluate why those myths occurred--and ask myself what it took to think more correctly about them. As with anything, these interpretations are based on my knowledge and experience with agile--and I wholeheartedly welcome readers to debunk my assumptions if they appear mythical to you.
The Eternal Triangle
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