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I'm proud to say that I will be giving the opening keynote speech at Agile Middle East (ME) 2020 on March 11th in Dubai. My title of my keynote is #NoFrameworks: How We Can Take Agile Back! which is a reprise of my keynote from the XP 2019 conference last May in Montreal. 

A fundamental philosophy from the early days of Agile is that teams should own their process. Today we would say that they should be allowed, and better yet, enabled, to choose their own way of working (WoW).

This was a powerful vision, but it was quickly abandoned to make way for the Agile certification gold rush. Why do the hard work of learning your craft, of improving your WoW via experimentation and learning, when you can instead become a certified master of an agile method in two days or a program consultant of a scaling framework in four? It sounds great, and certainly is great for anyone collecting the money, but 19 years after the signing of the Agile Manifesto as an industry we’re nowhere near reaching Agile’s promise. Nowhere near it.

Agile had it right in the very beginning, and the lean community had it right all along – teams need to own their process, they must be enabled to choose their WoW. To do this we need to stop looking for easy answers, we must reject the simplistic solutions that the agile industrial complex wants to sell us, and most importantly recognize that we need #NoFrameworks.

As you can see from the conference schedule there is a great line up of speakers. To help support the conference Project Management Institute (PMI) has gotten the organizers to agree to a 20% discount when you use the code "PMI" in all caps when you register. I'm looking forward to the event and if you're in the area I hope you will choose to attend the conference.

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Dear Scott
Thank you for this information about the event: Lean and Agile ME Summit 2020

Deep this comment, taking into account what is happening: "A fundamental philosophy from the early days of Agile is that teams should own their process. Today we would say that they should be allowed, and better yet, enabled, to choose their own way of working (WoW) "

I am convinced that your intervention will be a success

I'll be here to cheer for you

I look forward to sharing your intervention with us

Great topic Scott. I am definitely seeing a trend that Agile is becoming more and more popular, however any organization I have ever worked at still uses the Waterfall approach or at best a hybrid of both approaches.

Arash, thanks. It's unfortunate that many organizations are still struggling with Agile. My hope is that now that Disciplined Agile (DA) is getting serious backing that these organizations will realize that DA is enterprise ready.

Best of luck with the event!

Great insight. Interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

intersting topic for reading, but really like, Agile had it right in the very beginning, and the lean community had it right all along – teams need to own their process, they must be enabled to choose their WoW. thank you for sharing.

Agree with Ahmad and the statement "Agile had it right in the very beginning, and the Lean community had it right all along."

There have been a number of premature declarations on the death of Agile, lately, and to a large degree they seem to be a response to the fad-like scaled agile certification industry you're referring to. I support the ongoing response from leaders to return to the values and principles that defined agility before "Agile" became a buzzword.

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