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The Fragile Manifesto


  • Submitted: Mon, 2016-06-13 21:14
  • Updated: Mon, 2016-06-13 21:14
Presenter: Tomas Kejzlar
  • Topic: Process
  • Type: 5 Minute Lightning Talk

Foolish Processes over Interactive People. Negligible Contracts over Customized Collaborators. Work on Documentation over Competent Software. Planning Followers over Changing Responders.

Yes, a simple play with a few words can turn anything, event the Agile Manifesto, into something horrible and definitely not working. This is the danger of changing things' labels and leaving the content unchanged. And we see many examples of these problems in organizations everywhere around us - for example in organizations where they "have 50% of teams agile" because the CEO wanted it that way. Or organizations that have short sprints, only to deliver crappy products faster than before.

The message of this lightning talk is: agile, like everything, is not a silver bullet solving every problem. It is not a miracle pill magically removing all problems within an organization. Agile, in fact, is quite painful in the beginning, especially if we want to truly adhere to the values outlined in the Manifesto. And our job as a community is to explain, educate, help, and also clearly say when we see false expectations.


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