Agile nirvana – An iterative and incremental list

Everybody wants true peace (nirvana) and very few achieves it. In I.T, majority wants to go for agile, and they take a plunge, but very few reaps the real benefits of agile. They are quite satisfied with the benefits the ceremonies like daily stand ups, planning meeting etc, without really dwelling into the benefits of culturally challenging stuff like work volunteering, true retrospectives, velocity calculations, agile principles etc..If one can get up early, walk up to the place of worship, being part of the prayer group also provides a sense of well being, and many get satisfied with the tip of this iceberg of benefits. Following agile very often resembles being part of an elite group physically, without any mind share. Very often the ‘association’ tag alone helps to elevate the social status of the individual, even when they are not part of it in the true sense. Here are some of the reasons why people follow or want to follow agile …

1) Some plunge into it, because they are so fed up with the current state. They want to improve the way they do work, and the resulting product.

2) Some follow it, because the customer is insisting for it (contractual obligation).

3) Some follow it because anything is fine with them.

4) Some follow it because they want to learn it, and get ready for the next job.

5) Some others follow it, because they want to add the word Ágile’ to their resume.

6) Some follow it, to learn it.

7) Some follow it to use their learning.

8) Some follow it to prove that agile is a failure, and will not work for their team / organization.

9) Some follow it to discipline their bosses (chickens).

10) Some follow it to make the product owner  more accountable for the requirements.

11) Some use it to focus their guns on the opposition (organizational politics)

12) Some follow it because they want to get trained on agile, at the company’s expense.

13) Some follow it, because they do not know any sort of project management, and they want to start with agile.

14) Some follow it because it is someone’s KRA (Key responsibility area)

15) Some follow it, because of peer pressure.

16) Some follow it to become a scrum master

17) Some follow it to prove their capability, beyond their job title

18) Some follow it to become a PMI-ACP

19) Some follow it to understand it, so that they can audit a project better (violation)

20) Some follow it, hoping that it will resolve all their organizational problems

21) Some follow it, because they want to build great products

22) Some follow it because they want to improve their work culture

23) Some follow it to build an organizational culture

24) Some follow it, to reduce cost

25) Some use it to improve productivity

26) Some use it to escape from unpaid overtime (agile talks about 8 hour working days)

27) Some use it to please the management

28) Some use it to improve themselves as a professional

29) Some use it, because they see it very close to the natural way of doing things

30) Some use it, to master it, to become consultants and trainers

31) Some use it, because they already bought an overpriced certification, and want to use it somewhere

32) Some use it, to tell their customers that they are agile

33) Some follow to get everyone in office at sharp 9, they even have evening standups to ensure people leave not before 9

34) Some follow because they have been told to follow, just one more status report (not a replacement), since the people who told them to follow like things the way it is, they have just been told to follow themselves.

35) Some follow, but are still too immature to manage people. Its more a process/job to them then the “culture” agile demands.

36) Some follow a lot, and fall on their face, because they cant say no to their bosses.

Incomplete….feel free to add….

Anyway everyone is using it…..

Published by Project Management Research Institute

Project Management Research Institute, a not for profit organization involved in collaborative research, development and deployment of customer centric project management solutions.

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