Oh Agile, why do we hate thee so much?
If you ever did a search for the terms: “Agile sucks, I hate Agile, Agile fails, Why Agile doesn’t Work,” etc… you’ll find yourself in an internet flame war against Agile. Click a couple links and you’ll find people from all walks of life flaming Agile. From developers, project managers, and even executive level folk.
So, why the backlash? What’s the problem?
Simply put. I believe there isn’t enough writing around case studies, or white papers on how Agile has succeeded. You hear a lot about agile theory, or new ideas around agile methodology (which it isn’t, by the way).
Agile is all about helping the customer. Finding the value where it can be found. In one sense, Agile is the method or process of helping people.
Knowing the ins-and-outs of Agile, Scrum, DSDM, Crystal, TDD, blah, blah is great and all. Hey man, let’s see those case studies where it’s actually worked! My commitment next year is to only submit talks to Agile conferences around case studies. I plan on writing more about case studies here… or on another blog… … but I think I found the answer: Agile White Papers and Case Studies. Check it out!