How To Fail With Agile

Twenty Tips to Help You Avoid Success

The agile process is now accepted as valid alternatives to traditional software development processes. Most people who adopt agile do so to realize the benefits of faster delivery, higher quality, products that more closely match user needs, and so on.

Not everyone is so enamored of agile. Some teams and individuals balk when a mandate to “become agile” is passed down from some “higher-up” in the organization or when some young go-getter decides to start an idealistic grassroots movement to effect change. A switch to agile often conflicts with personal goals such as maintaining the status quo, avoiding career risk, working no harder than necessary, or maintaining a large fiefdom of direct reports.

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By Mike Cohn of Mountain Goat Software