Understanding Agile

This category contains topics associated with understanding Agile at a deeper level.  Many Agile training courses and Agile certifications only teach and test the understanding of Agile at a very mechanical level.  This typically results in people doing Agile in a very rigid and ritualistic fashion which is exactly the opposite of what was intended with Agile.

To really do Agile effectively, you have to understand the principles and values behind it at a deeper level in order to adapt the approach to fit a given situation.  That results in a much more flexible approach that is optimized to fit the nature of the problem as it should be.

In addition, it is often necessary to combine an Agile/Scrum approach with more of a plan-driven approach to fit a given situation.  That also requires a deeper understanding of Agile.  Attempting to combine “Agile” and Waterfall” at a mechanical level without understanding the principles behind each of those approaches at a deeper level would be doomed to failure.

Another situation that is becoming increasingly common is the need to scale Agile to large, complex enterprise-level projects.  In that environment, there is a need to fit the Agile approach to the company’s business environment in a way that is very well-aligned with the company’s business objectives.  Simply forcing the company to be more agile may not be the best approach.

What is Agile? How Would You Define Agile? What Does Agile Mean?

How do you define Agile? I’ve seen a lot of discussions where people have attempted to answer the question of “What is Agile?” with very different answers.  Do You Really Mean Scrum? First, there’s a lot of confusion about Agile and Scrum. Scrum is so widely-used as an Agile approach that when many people say …

What is Agile? How Would You Define Agile? What Does Agile Mean? Read More »

Agile and Six Sigma – Are They Complementary to Each Other?

I recently responded to a question on an online discussion that asked “Are there companies that use Agile and Six Sigma?”.  This raises an interesting question of “Are Agile and Six Sigma really complementary to each other?”. How would you go about blending the two approaches? Agile and Six Sigma – Potentially Conflicting Approaches There …

Agile and Six Sigma – Are They Complementary to Each Other? Read More »

What is the Real Essence of Agile? What Are the Real Advantages?

It’s apparent to me that a lot of people have gotten so heavily focused on the mechanics of how Agile is implemented that they’ve lost sight of the big picture of what the real essence of Agile is all about.  The term “Agile” has taken on a number of different meanings today that are largely based …

What is the Real Essence of Agile? What Are the Real Advantages? Read More »

What’s the Future of Agile? Is There Something Else Coming Next?

I recently saw a discussion on an online forum where an individual raised the question of “What’s the Future of Agile?” Someone speculated that the next big methodology might be Lean I’ve also seen some people suggest that Kanban will become the next big methodology I don’t believe either of those things to be correct. …

What’s the Future of Agile? Is There Something Else Coming Next? Read More »