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Bravo! I've always bucked at methodologies that are practiced religiously. If rules become more than a guideline for how a team or group should relate, then people begin to see the rules as flawless laws handed down from above. Any deviation from the perfect laws is heresy, and groups have various ways of dealing with heresy. This is true in business, religion, family, government, and yes, even software development. The beauty of the original agile manifesto is that it says very little about HOW, and a lot to say about WHAT. It's a vision for where we should head, but not an exact roadmap for how to get there. Each team must decide that on their own. Granted, there are many time-tested principles that can be applied. We don't need to reinvent things all the time. But it takes a seasoned leader to recognize when patterns are useful and when they don't apply in the current context. For this reason I'm not in favor of a new name. I think it eventually will become a new set of rules to be religious about. Focus on "inspect and adapt", and a set of principles to help you do just that. The simpler the better. If people demand more rules, don't give it to them. Demand relationship and dialogue from them instead. That's the antidote to rules, and it will keep teams working creatively rather than mechanically.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2015 on The Failure of Agile at /\ndy
Kudos to you Jeff for leading by example. I've been an avid reader for years, and I'm happy to see you continue to lead into uncharted territory. It sounds like it was a difficult decision, but one I'm sure your family will thank you for later. As well as the internet community. After all - if we have virtual community with each other but no family to speak of, what kind of community are we building?
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2012 on Farewell Stack Exchange at Coding Horror
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