Agile is everywhere now. Regardless of the flavor (Scrum, Kanban, XP), everybody’s using Agile to greater or lesser extent. After more than a decade of being Agile, why are so few organizations actually reaping the benefits of implementing it in the first place? Mike Cottmeyer of Leading Agile offers 3 simple and obvious things that an organization of any size needs to be able to do to be truly Agile:
1. Form teams.
2. Create backlogs.
3. Produce working tested software.
Here are some tidbits from his engaging interview:
- “A team is an encapsulated value stream… that has no dependencies on the rest of the organization, they can operate with autonomy, they can inspect and adapt…”
- “Every failure mode in Scrum … starts with a team that is not complete and well formed.”
- “Cargo-cult Scrum: going through the motions but not getting the benefits.”
SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts at Keep Austin Agile 2016.