Agile’s success is also its Achilles heel. Everyone wants to do Agile, but not everyone wants to make any changes to be Agile. There is a lot of focus on performing ceremonies, yet organizations often don’t take the time to understand the mindset. Like their close relative AntiPatterns, more ways to do Fake Agile exist than can be counted. Here are just a few:
- No customer involvement
- Agile means no testing
- Focus on Output measurement (hello velocity) and not Outcomes (value to happy customers)
- Low communication
- No Engineering Practice
- Slow rate of improvement
- Saying ‘yes’ to all requests from stakeholders
- Agile Theatre is Doing More Damage Than Waterfall Ever Did.
- A bleak outlook for public sector tech
- Detecting Fake Agile – US DOD
- How the Efficiency Mindset Leads to Zombie Scrum – The Liberators have masses on Zombie Scrum
- Imposition and Dark Agile
- What is Fake Agile? How to identify it?
- What is Fake Agile? Understanding the Dark Side of Agile and How to Avoid It
Mark Levison has been helping Scrum teams and organizations with Agile, Scrum and Kanban style approaches since 2001. From certified scrum master training to custom Agile courses, he has helped well over 8,000 individuals, earning him respect and top rated reviews as one of the pioneers within the industry, as well as a raft of certifications from the ScrumAlliance. Mark has been a speaker at various Agile Conferences for more than 20 years, and is a published Scrum author with eBooks as well as articles on InfoQ.com, ScrumAlliance.org an AgileAlliance.org.
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