If you read about agile you must have heard it: you better be agile instead of doing agile. Or I should say Agile with capital A (as if it would make any difference).
I don’t get it. I always thought that agile was in the beginning just set of general principles you should follow. Then different agile techniques appeared, Scrum being the most significant one, which were just a set of good engineering, software development, project management and team management practices. Set of practices.
And somehow people started treating it as a religion or something. They tell you to be agile. What does this mean anyway? Do I qualify if my stand-ups don’t look like vibrant exchange of information? Well, I don’t do stand-ups so I don’t qualify anyway.
That’s horrible! I won’t be agile! I mean Agile. What are we going to do now? All is lost! We won’t achieve true agile success!
On a second though simple success should be just fine. If this true agile success is something different than just a success I think I prefer the latter anyway.
Agile is just a toolbox – depending on level a toolbox of general principles or specific practices or both. Either way a toolbox. Agile isn’t a lifestyle or religion, so don’t try to sell it like it was. Just let people use tools which work for them. Teach people how to use new tools – they’ll be adopted if they’re found useful. The same as we use screwdrivers or wrenches. And when I last checked no one considered the way they used screwdriver as a religion or a lifestyle.
This is the final post of Carnival of Agile Bullshit. I already gathered a lot of comments from you but I ask you to let me know what you think not only about this post but also about the whole carnival.