Agile misconceptions. Just saying...

Keith Richards
3 Nov 2017
Agile
AgilePM/DSDM
General
Governance
PRINCE2 Agile

Agile misconceptions

Over the years of working in the agile space, I have been surprised at the number of misconceptions that become so prevalent that they more or less become facts, whereas they are more akin to being 'fake news'.

Here are just a few statements that are true and are intended to correct those misconceptions.

Lean Startup

An MVP (Minimum Viable Product) is primarily about ‘learning’ and not about ‘revenue’.

PRINCE2

PRINCE2 is a Project Management Framework that can be configured to support an 'agile way of working' or a 'waterfall way of working’.

PRINCE2 is not a 'waterfall approach' to Project Management.

There are two types of Project Manager. There are those who think PRINCE2 is a 'waterfall approach' and there are those who know it isn’t.

There are two types of people who work on projects. There are those who think PRINCE2 is a 'waterfall approach' and there are those who know it isn’t.

There are two types of people who work on projects. There are those who think sushi is raw fish and there are those who know it isn't.

Projects

On a project, you may at some point have a 'backlog' - but you never 'start with a backlog'.

On a project, if the four constraints of, the deadline, the budget, the quality level and the scope/requirements are all fixed, you will get a winner and a loser because all projects have a degree of uncertainty. Alternatively, you can share the risk (between the customer and the supplier) by agreeing which constraint can be varied. When using Agile, the variable will usually be the scope/requirements.

Scrum

Scrum is not an approach for managing projects.

You can use Scrum 'on' a project, but you cannot 'manage' a project with Scrum.

Story Points

It is OK to say, 'I think this story has a value of 5 story points'. It is not OK to say, 'I think this story will take 2 days and that equates to 5 story points'.

Programmes

There are no such things as ‘agile programmes’ or ‘agile programme management’. The correct terms to use are ‘programmes’ and ‘programme management’.

…unless, of course, you are managing a programme whilst balancing on one foot in front of a wind machine.

Agile Techniques

If you are running sprints and having stand-ups, this does not mean you are Agile. It means you are running sprints and doing stand-ups.

Agile in General

Agile is something you use or adopt. It is not something that does things to you.

 

Do you have any agile 'fake news'?

If you do, send it in an email to:  enquiries@agilekrc.com - thanks!