The Half Arsed Agile Manifesto

Manifesto for Half-Arsed Agile Software Development

We have heard about new ways of developing software by
paying consultants and reading Gartner reports. Through
this we have been told to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools…and we have mandatory processes and tools to control how those individuals (we prefer the term ‘resources’) interact

Working software over comprehensive documentation… as long as that software is comprehensively documented

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation… within the boundaries of strict contracts, of course, and subject to rigorous change control

Responding to change over following a plan…provided a detailed plan is in place to respond to the change, and it is followed precisely

That is, while the items on the left sound nice
in theory, we’re an enterprise company, and there’s
no way we’re letting go of the items on the right.


[HT: Kerry Buckley]

9 Responses to “The Half Arsed Agile Manifesto”

  1. TBone
    January 21, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Sounds like at the end of the day it’s not the PMI way or the Agile way….but you better get it done the Boss’s way!

    • Kevin
      January 30, 2014 at 8:12 am #

      This is soooo true – every place I’ve worked, the “boss” has never let the team mature for themselves, but rather just pushed to get it done his/her way

      • peter
        February 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

        Oh yah man. Cuz like… you know. He’ll “self-organize” you. Duh. :)

  2. Marshall Guillory
    January 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    This is where leadership plays an important role on an agile team. Strong leadership and coaching ability from the Scrum master and Product Owner can overcome the inherent rigidness of committee driven c-level force down strategy and business management. Additionally, all operating roles with an agile team should focus on “enabling” and less on managing.

  3. Dave Gordon
    January 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Maybe we could call it, “The Sluggish Manifesto.”

  4. Ricardo Rodrigues
    January 27, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    Or “Agile actually”

    • peter
      January 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Could be…


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