There are so many buzzwords used in Agile that it can become confusing and perhaps intimidating at times. Even the word Agile has many defintions depending on who you ask. In this blog, we take a 'not too serious' look at what these words actually mean! Let us know if you can you think of any others?
Over the many years of working with agile in general, and agile project management in particular, I have been surprised at the number of misconceptions that have become so prevalent that they more or less become facts. Albeit 'fake news'. Here are just a few statements that are true and are intended to correct those agile misconceptions.
As I was passing through the airport the other day, I noticed an old book was the No. 1 bestseller. It has helped me a lot on my agile journey. The main advice being about how to judge people.
I seemed to have kicked off quite an engaging post on LinkedIn regarding 'what is agile?' and I received a post from Larry Moore that I thought was quite interesting. Here is my reply to Larry.
With so many people and organisations ‘going agile’, ‘doing agile’ and ‘being agile’, you would think that everyone in the agile community would have a very clear definition of what ‘being agile’ actually is. Well, I have been working in the agile arena for twenty years now – and I don’t think we have one! Take a look at this blog post and have a think about what your view is. Is it the same as everyone else?
I had a thoroughloy enjoyable trip to Prague for a Project Manangement conference recently (www.pmkonference.cz). I was very impressed with the architecture of Prague, but it did lead me to think about how a more emergent or agile approach may have been better!
In July this year, Brian Wernham, following a conversation he was involved in, posted the following question on LinkedIn: In AgilePM/DSDM, the DSDM ‘Structured Timebox’, increasingly feels like an ‘exam only’ practice. True or false? I thought that there was a lot more to this question than may have initially met the eye. Take a look at this blog, if you have always wondered about, how to use the 'structured' or 'IRC' timebox in DSDM.
Many people use the Fibonacci sequence (or something very close to it) to help when they are estimating such things as Epics, Features and User Stories when working in an agile context. However, have we spent over a decade believing in something that is fundamentally flawed? The answer, in my opinion, is surprisingly, yes! Take a look!
If you had to send a message to your organisation about what you need, right now, on your agile journey - what would it be?
I thought the 2009 update was a very big step forward for PRINCE2. Looks like this will take PRINCE2 a lot further forward and keep it up to date.