Agile is the new Waterfall: Time for a review of the original manifesto

Management teams are getting great results with the Agile methodologies but what do your team members really think of it. If you ask most developers, they will tell you that the Agile processes are getting in their way and are useless in their day to day operations. Originally, the methodology came from a manifesto that was all about empowering a team so how did it shift this way? During this presentation, we will take a look back at the original manifesto and explore some of the pitfalls that you might have fallen into. We will also look how we can get back to the core principles of Agile and empower your team.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Intro
  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan
  • Summary and closing notes

Learning Outcome

During this talk, the attendees will be made aware of their team members pain points and will take out some leads to help fix those.

Target Audience

PM, Scrum master, PO, Team Lead

Prerequisites for Attendees


schedule Submitted 3 years ago

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