Management nugget number 7

Nugget 7: Agile is a useful methodology, don’t let it fall into the wrong hands.

Explanation:

The Agile project methodology is one of the best ways for actually getting things done, but like all solutions it is open to abuse, don’t let your managers and project managers twist it to be something it is not, or abuse it to make it fit with their own way of working.

Classic examples I have seen of abusing Agile are:

“Agile reporting”:  Which is just an excuse to get a daily status report while not actually delivering any help or assistance to your team.

“We work in an Agile Way”: Which is often a way of avoiding standards, structure or any kind of safety measures (or responsibilities).

You don’t have to follow Agile to the n-th degree, as that ruins the core principle and just replaces one form of paperwork with another, but try and stick to the basics.

Disclaimer: As always these posts are not aimed at anyone client or employer and are just my personal observations over a lifetime of dealing with both management and frontline associates.

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