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Agile 2008 – Questioning Agile with Scott Barber

Posted by Mike Longin on August 6, 2008

So my first session today was with Scott Barber(http://www.perftestplus.com/scott_blog.php).  His session was about questioning agile.  Agile itself is constantly evolving and as a practicer it is important that those who are  practicers to keep rethinking what it really means to be agile.

Some of the questions that he asked are:

  • What is agile?
  • Who sez you really are agile?
  • What does it mean to be agile?
  • Do teams make decisions?

The last question I found to be really interesting.  As a team member so often we make decisions for the team and yet when it comes down to it most of the time these need to be approved.  Some of these decisions are simple like when a meeting is scheduled.  But many times they have much more serious repercussions such as determining a build is ready for release.  And really while the team does decide its not up to them in the end since its not the team that usually is financially responsible for that decision.  Thought it made a really good conversation point.

Another good comment he made was (and this isn’t verbatim) “Software developers write software that they would like to use and not necessarily what the customer would want.”  And I found that so obvious yet very profound.  So many times when it comes to some decision we make as a developer we just make it without asking the customer what they might want.

Felt that he definetly opened up some good talking points and wanted to pass them on.

Mike

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