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Why Toolkits Are Better than Frameworks

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Most approaches to adopting Agile at scale involve frameworks. Proponents claim frameworks are flexible, but ignore one of their salient aspects – they have a core set of features that is often difficult to go beyond. Two of the reasons for this are:

  1. Frameworks put limits on what is acceptable to add (e.g., Scrum, and its derivatives, require iterative development and cross-functional teams)
  2. The well-defined scope of the framework puts a psychological barrier on going beyond it. People certified in a particular approach often feel they lose credibility if they go outside of what they’ve been certified in, even if it's a better to do. A toolkit takes a different approach.

Instead of taking the pre-set starting point most frameworks require, toolkits look at effective practices from all over. In particular, Disciplined Agile teaches people why and how to choose their own way of working by doing some up front assessment and analysis. Arriving at a set of practices which are fit for purpose makes it simpler to adopt. People are also, now better prepared to consider their next steps since they’ve done the process of selecting practices already.

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Posted on: March 04, 2020 10:50 AM | Permalink

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Hi AI,

More options is always better that one option and more complete lifecycles adapted to generalized or specific cases are safer to apply.

Alexandre

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