Notes From Smidig Open Space on Why Agile Isn't About Development Anymore
Today at Smidig 2010 I sponsored an Open Space session on the topic “How and When did Agile System Development Stop Being About System Development”
We had a very good discussion, and these are the notes we managed to gather, in the order they were discussed:
- It’s Scrums fault
- It’s easier to sell with soft skills arguments
- Agile is trying to sell into other fields where the technical practices don’t apply.
- Obsolete knowledge in management, old Cobol programmers not up to date with todays technologies.
- As people speak more at conferences, the less they program.
- More attention to people who are good at talking, and devs normally aren’t.
- Using wrong metaphors, i.e. factory, to explain process to managers who do not understand leads to wrong process.
- Recipient of system development does not understand the problem of why engineering practices are important.
- Soft skills are easier to acquire.
- Average organizations have average employees. Does not want to take responsibility, not that interested.
- Management who does not understand the process they are running.
- Is this partly developers fault?
Thanks all who joined in!