Many of us who have tried to introduce Scrum and other agile methods into organisations have had to carefully navigate between the Scylla and Charybdis of “But Scrum says” dogmatism on the one hand, and the “But we are so unique, we have to develop our own method” mindset on the other hand. The Agile Manifesto says “We value responding to change over following a plan”.
However, the representatives of the various methods and schools are struggling to differentiate themselves from one another, leading more and more to disagreement about what Agile “really” is. These attempts to nail down the definition of agility, together with efforts to develop certifications based on these definitions, i.e. the battle for the “one true Agile”, result in the problem that Agile processes are being defined more rigidly and prescriptively, and thus themselves becoming even less agile.
Can a ScrumMaster also develop? Can the review and planning meetings be held on the same day? May / must / should the Product Owner participate in the Daily stand-up? These and many other questions have led to holy wars in the Agile community. Agile, though, is actually about something quite different. In his presentation, Joseph Pelrine will give an insight into the underlying theories and principles of Agile. After this presentation you tell if your process is right for you and how you can make it even better. This presentation is an attempt to explain Agile from the point of view of psychology and social complexity theory. But don’t worry – there won’t be too many big words!