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Allan Kelly has held just about every job in the software world, from sys admin to development manager. Today he provides training and coaching to teams in the use of Agile and Lean techniques. He is the author of "Changing Software Development: Learning to become Agile" (2008) and "Business Patterns for Software Developers" (2012) and a frequent conference speaker. Allan is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 76 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Agile is like...

09.13.2010
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In the software development world there are, broadly speaking, two groups of people: those who create the software (coders, testers, etc.) and those who manage the process (project managers, development managers, etc.). When discussing “Agile” I find that both sides think the problem is with the other.

To put it another way, if I’m talking to developers they think its managers who are the block to adopting more Agile techniques. But when I’m talking to managers they say its the developers who resist Agile.

This always reminds me of the old Philip Crosby quote:

“Quality has much in common with sex. Everyone is for it. (Under certain conditions of, course.) Everyone feels they understand it. (Even though they wouldn't want to explain it.) Everyone thinks execution is only a matter of following natural inclinations. (After all, we do get along somehow.) And, of course, most people feel that all problems in these areas are caused by other people.”

(OK, so this blog just got filtered out of lots of feeds and stopped by lots of firewalls but lets continue.)

Lets bring it up to date and make it Agile specific, substitute the work ‘Agile’ for ‘Quality’:

“Agile has much in common with sex. Everyone is for it. (Under certain conditions of, course.) Everyone feels they understand it. (Even though they wouldn't want to explain it.) Everyone thinks execution is only a matter of following natural inclinations. (After all, we do get along somehow.) And, of course, most people feel that all problems in these areas are caused by other people.”

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Krystian Kaczor replied on Wed, 2010/09/15 - 5:20am

Was there any thought behind this article?

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