The Crisis of Doing Agile
Agile can be the coming of Age of an entire industry, but to most, it remains a deeply misunderstood collage of tools and practices that continuously fail to fulfill their promise of 'cheaper and faster' something.
This session explores the etymology of the crisis of 'doing agile', and the dangers of willfully ignoring the principles that guide it. We will delve into the convergence of historical causality within the gnarled roots of Taylorism, with the future being crafted by Millennials at the crest of the conscious capitalism wave.
Failure to recognize this opportunity will sweep aside the remaining giants that still feed on the apples of the fake economy; profit and shareholder value. Others will join the pews and lend their voice to the choir of the Information Age.
Outline/structure of the Session
- We have spent the lion's-share of the prior 16 years trying to answer the question 'What is Agile?'
- We are noticing a slow emergence of the ironic question 'Why Agile?'
- Rather than answer the question by repeatedly beating the principles and values drum, we intend to take the audience into a deep retrospective on an industry whose causality partially stems from Economic theory in the 1800s
- The expectation and purpose of this talk is to illustrate the belief that having an understanding of our history gives us the ability to emerge with something better suited to our future
- Agile isn't the goal, but rather, a vehicle for change, and no better or worse than any other philosophy or methodology - the health of the industry is at stake
This session will be presented in the format of a a story between two individuals heavily invested into this community of practitioner with slightly different approaches and very different backgrounds. It is an invitation for the audience to join us in our journey of seeking consensus while retaining a unique point of view each. Do not expect too many slides and a lively interaction instead.
We want the audience to go back to their complex transformation initiatives with a compelling story which helps to illustrate key messages:
- Modern management theory was a great solution for it's time - 100 years ago
- The challenge of organizational transformation is a mere reflection of larger changes in our society today
- Agile is not the solution to this problem - it is one of a multi-disciplinary approach that is required to transform culture, behaviours, and organizational structure
- Technology has given birth to an entire generation of dopamine devotees, who have gradually lost the intrinsic value of communication, and lack the patience to build the quality of relationship necessary to achieve reciprocal satisfaction.
- Practices and patterns of applications are only useful when they are well understood in the context of their historical values; when they aid in bringing about a better environment for all.
Agile Leaders, Transformation Leaders, Agile Practitioners, Executives, Agile Coaches, Industry Experts
To best benefit from this session participants should not bring an open mind, but also experience. This story is most relatable to those who have faced the onslaught of forces that tend to detract one from the successful adoption of being agile. While everyone is invited to be a part of this journey, those who have been active in the community and within their world of implementation for a few years will benefit the most.
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