I am sure many of my regular readers are aware of the huge number of comments and long running dialogue concerning my post Agile Fails to Get to Grips with Human Psychology.
Chaplin’s “Modern Times”
Recently one of my regular commenter’s decided to bring up an age old argument of Systems versus Individuals or better known as Taylor Vs Deming. I am conscious that a post working through my opinion on this age old argument is something more befitting a book rather than a short blog post, and as such I am in danger of over simplifying a very complex issue and it’s relevance to the software industry.
I promise in the next few weeks to concentrate on other subjects other than AGILE and its deficiencies, but my readership statistics show that AGILE is a popular subject. I also feel I have to keep up with my protagonists comments, which are appearing not just on my blog but all over the net.
At the moment, the net is buzzing with AGILE evangelist websites and Blogs making statements like “the AGILE manifesto is the equivalent to Newton 4th Law of Motion”. When someone takes a fanatical belief in anything without proper empirical evidence you have got to start thinking!!. Please see my post Storm in a Tea Cup. I really think these evangelists do not expect us to engage our brains. They think if they keep repeating the common look-up list of humorous slogans about AGILE’s invincibility, we will all be conditioned into turning a blind eye to the detail and asking for verifiable and independent evidence concerning this approach’s claimed scalability and prowess over other methods /approaches. At the moment the whole IT methods industry from Waterfall to RUP to AGILE and SCRUM is in need of consolidation based on some sound independent research. As we speak, large corporations take huge “flip flop” financial gambles adopting this method over another, largely based on the word of lightweight fee-earning consultants.
AGILE, as mentioned in previous articles “AGILE Enough is Enough”, “AGILE Will Burn Your Arse”, is pure “Farty Floops” (a phrase coined by a good friend of mine ) as a fit for purpose approach to delivering large scale IT projects /programmes of work.
In the beginning, the scalability of AGILE methods was even questioned by some of the AGILE founding fathers and leading authors in this field.
Then the fees gravy train came and changed everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The stratospheric popularity of the AGILE has kicked these concerns /potential weaknesses quietly under the carpet, where I fear they will stay until more money is lost on failed large scale IT projects /programmes of work.
It would seem that my comments on a post listed on the blogg AGILE Advice where I expressed my views that AGILE methods seem to have moved on from a method designed to make small visual based projects fly (please see my post AGILE Enough is Enough and is now being considered as a scalable enterprise level solution is causing a bit of a “storm in a tea cup”.
Over the last few months I have seen a significant rise in consultancy requests from companies who are finding that AGILE as an enterprise level solution is massively increasing costs in many cases in exchange for lower quality delivery and often zero impact on the madness that is 70% to 92% annual UK IT project failure rates.
Just read the following article from an AGILE evangelist blogg – Managing “Leaderful” Groups
This article made me really angry. It makes AGILE look like the Hippy Commune method for software development. “We can all be leaders, we are leaders we all work together for the common good etc etc” (sounds like new labour ) and “Evil Managers as was rudely stated” have to be re-educated. Sounds like Pol Pot’s year zero. I KID YOU NOT there are Project Management training sites offering AGILE training entitled “how to project manage AGILE projects where you don’t have much to do.” CRAZIEST thing I have ever heard.