Fake Agile : Finding Our Way Back to Agile Values Amidst a Fake Agile Explosion

Now that Agile has “crossed the chasm,” according to the 2017 State of Scrum Report, and become mainstream, is it losing its way?
Join a provocative discussion on whether new Agile methods are starting to mirror the old project management dogma that helped fuel the Agile revolution in the first place. Bring your cell phone for interactive polling and help steer the discussion.

We will discuss the following challenging scenarios and ways to respond that are consistent with "being agile."

  • The impact of executive mandates for the use of Agile frameworks on all new projects. Does it work?
  • Are some people not able to make the transition?
  • Use cases of anti-agile behavior done in the name of agile transformation .
  • Government contracts asking for offers to deliver 400 points for the lowest price.

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

During this session, presenters will briefly present the topics outlined in the abstract, utilize real-time interactive cell phone or tablet polling of the audience, and facilitate audience discussion.

High level session framework outlined below. We will use a series of audience polls related to ab

  • Poll 1: What is your typical role? Scrum Master, Product Owner, Manager, Executive, Coach, Team member - Warm up question to get folks comfortable with polling software via text messages on their cell phone.

Stage Setting: Facilitators cite different pieces of evidence that we have lost our way. (5 minutes)Consider the NYT best seller "Quiet - The Power of introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking". A report from a colleague who attended a jam packed week of training to be a SAFe consultant, "... It was exhausting but there was too little time for Q&A". CIO's mandating the use of agile frameworks for all new projects. A recent government contract solicitation that prescribed the exact details of the scrum process to be followed by the contractor. AgileDC 2017 keynote speaker - “Agile the words and the practices crossed the chasm but the principles did not".

  • Poll2: In your current organization, who was or has been the impetus for adoption of Agile methods? Technical community developers/testers, Executive leadership (VP/CIO), middle managers, business, it hasn't happened yet.

Possible Discussion starters "In today's era (2010 to now) is it a mistake for a CIO/VP to mandate use of agile methods?" Does it really work? Discussion reference: November 2017 GAO report identifying significant weaknesses at 20 of 24 agencies in the adoption of agile practices and CIO support. Ask CIO "Is you organization ready for agile practices if you need to mandate agile? Could there be other dimensions you could work on so that there is a bottom up demand for agile?"
What is it about organizations that are "late majority" or "laggards" (reference Moore's crossing the chasm model) that makes agile transformation inherently different or in appropriate? Is a CIO Agile mandate more prevalent in government or pseudo-government agencies with contractors? Does a CIO mandate "all new projects must be agile" work?, what are the downsides, alternatives.

  • Poll3: In your experience, what percentage of the population pre-Agile transformation fail to thrive, or exit the group and claim “this isn’t for me”, after the transformation is well under way? (2%, 5%, 10%, 20%, > 20%, I don't know or don't track this)

Questions. If you are in the agile transformation business and you don't know, should or can you start tracking?
What percent of people don't leave but fail to thrive and just go along? As an agile change agent, do you feel any guilt for what happens to these people?
What can we do to help or mitigate. (i.e. switch from 7 person scrum team to 11 person scrum-ban team, use more written collaboration tools)

Short talk 5 minutes. summarizing key points from Susan Cain's Book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking "Stop the madness for constant group work"

  • Poll4: Is Susan Cain speaking to us (agile transformation leaders) (yes definitely, maybe a little, not at all, not relevant)

  • Poll5: What steps can we take to return to Agile Manifesto values. (open text response)
    Discussion questions Which are the most popular? What is really going on if the CIO needs to mandate agile would then be better off being more subtle. How much context or understanding do you need to call out non agile behavior in the name of promoting agile. Is it OK sometimes. How to engage a customer who asks for agile but not really. Is hybrid agile dangerous? Elaborate on responses.

Closing thought just "be agile" and trust others will get it and it's OK if they don't.

Learning Outcome

  • Agile evangelists and leaders will leave with greater openness and an informed perspective that will allow them be more effective in their work.
  • Participants will also have a better understanding of how to identify practices that are Agile in name but not consistent with Agile values.
  • Support to persist in the goal of "being agile" amidst a deluge of misinformation and misunderstanding.

Target Audience

Managers, executives, leaders and members of organizations that have started or are beginning an Agile journey and are not feeling good about how it is going.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Experience participating in or managing a group on an agile transformation journey and a feeling of frustration and disappointed with agile transformation efforts.

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