The Agile Qtopia - A Critique of Agile in the Wild

Do people cry in heaven? Agile is projected as a utopian view of the IT world. Then why are you still crying? Behind the facade of some magical success with Agile, most of the companies and teams are still struggling to get the software right (and/or build the right software, whatever English restructuring has an official term coined for it). People - who are at the center of Agile philosophy - are unhappy. This does not look like a utopia. Calling it a dystopia would be an extreme too. It is a Qtopia (to answer an Indian smirk, yes! you can also read it as ***topia).

Let's have an honest look at what Agile is meant to be and what most organizations make of it in the light of Agile manifesto.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Case Study

The presentation would have the following tentative structure:

  • Importance of honest critique
  • A non-IT analogy to drive the point home
  • A look at Agile Manifesto and its practical implications
  • More constraints from an Indian context
  • The final message

Learning Outcome

There are types of knowledge namely: factual, conceptual, procedural and meta-cognition.

This presentation appeals to the last one in the context of Agile. It makes one question about the way s/he thinks about Agile and why some things might not work in one's context.

This in my opinion is the most difficult form of learning. Can a single presentation bring such a change? I don't expect this to happen for all attendees, however I hope to touch atleast a few minds.

Target Audience

Any one with an open mind

Prerequisites for Attendees

There are not pre-requisites. This is a philosophical talk.

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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