Thanks for reading the 9th Agile Quick Links.
Shu-Ha-Ri comes from the Japanese Martial Art of Akido. Roughly speaking it equates to:
- Shu – learning the basics, repeating movements and following commands without questioning.
- Ha – breaking with tradition, finding exceptions, asking questions.
- Ri – transcendence – there are no longer individual techniques or practices, instead everything can flow.
This progression has often been used in the Agile Community to remind people not to question or alter the basic practices when they’re still learning to become Agile. (Thanks to Alistair Cockburn for introducing us to the idea in his book: Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game). Rachel Davies has recently come across some harmful uses of the idea and talks about them in: Shu-Ha-Ri Considered Harmful? I don’t entirely agree with Rachel but that will be the subject another blog post.
Mishkin Bertieg, Agile Trainer, has been creating OpenAgile a new Agile Methodology: Comparison of OpenAgile with Scrum.
Chris Matts and Olav Maassen (the Real Options guys), use a comic to explain how Real Options work with Blacl Sholes (hint they don’t). BTW to make sense of this comic you need to have a good understanding of Real Options.
En Francias: AGILE n’est pas un DOGME! – apparently there are still some trainers/coaches out there who think Agile is a religion. Sad.
Cory Foy writes two thought provoking pieces about the state of the Scrum Alliance: They Could Have Been Contenders and ..but if the Scrum Alliance Can’t Do It, Who Will?. I don’t know enough about the politics of the Scrum Alliance to comment on the first piece although I did write about this last year: “Opinion: Will the Scrum Alliance Change its Stripes?”. Frankly the first step will be more openness and transparency.
Finally David Bland has another piece on the misuse of Velocity in Scrum/Agile: Sizing Up the Enterprise.
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