Posted on July 15th, 2012 at 16:05 by John Sinteur in category: Software -- Write a comment
“The Agile movement is designed to sell services,” says analyst firm Voke Inc. in a brand-new report analyzing the movement, presenting findings about its use and providing insight to organizations considering its adoption.
Yeah, I so want to purchase their $300 report to find out that people who push agile are just in it for the money.
My vote is that they are offered two choices – cough up the $$, or spend the next 20 years in prison, next to an active volcano…
Oops… That comment was meant for the “Iceland Has Hired An Ex-Cop Bounty Hunter To Go After The Bankers That Wrecked Its Economy” thread… doh!
Though I think it may not be a bad idea with regard to sellers of “agile” services…
I think the report mis-represents Agile. Many (although I agree not all) organisations take a disciplined approach including continuous integration and testing, business value assessment and governance. Many organisations are getting significant benefits from Agile from Standish (http://blog.standishgroup.com/pmresearch). See also our blog post – http://www.indigoblue.co.uk/blog/alternative-realities.
“the inherent risk and confusion created by the business desire for speed and flexibility misinterpreted as a mandate to participate in the developer-centric movement called Agile, which may not be appropriate for all organizations or projects.”
What a surprise, it’s not a silver bullet. Wait, I will get shocked in a moment.
Of course it’s not appropriate for all organizations or projects.
“The Agile movement shifts the broad, inter-departmental process of software engineering to one that is focused on software development to the exclusion of QA and operations,”
Translation: We have no clue what Agile is, and are ready to write stupid things just to push our own agenda.
Agile is not a silver bullet, that’s definitely true, and if you do it wrong then it won’t work. Neither will RUP, UP, Spiral, Iterative, Waterfall or whatever other methodology.
“All software requires effective requirements and the management of cost, quality, and schedule;”
Yes, and Agile can give you all that unless you just go with the “yay, we don’t need document or anything!” crowd. Which is not Agile, but Idiocy Driven Development.
N.B.: I am not blown away by agile. But usually the problem is with the people not the method.
Alex, Roland, it’s clear you’re both not listening to the Dutch BNR News Radio station. Advertisements on there for scrum don’t just sell it as a silver bullet, but sell it as a pre-fired silver bullet that is about to hit the target.
Or, in other words, some companies buying and selling agile are about as stupid as the author of this report.
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