How to Spot Fake Agile [#FakeAgile]

How to Spot Fake Agile [#FakeAgile]

A. Fake agile focuses on output instead of outcome
B. Fake agile cares more about process than the problem being solved
C. Fake agile checks a box instead of looking closely and evolving

A. Fake agile focuses on output instead of outcome

Ask your team these questions:
1. What is your goal for the upcoming release? How does this achieve or solve a customer problem?

2. Who are your stakeholders? Are they internal? External? Both? What opportunities do they have to provide feedback? How does their feedback impact the development process?

3. If you don’t have customer engagement, do you and the team understand why?

4. Have you discussed mitigating the inherent risks in low-engagement agile development?

5. How do your teams deploy code and how often? Can they do so without human involvement? Is it often enough to keep the attention of customers and/or stakeholders?

B. Fake agile cares more about process than the problem being solved

Ask your team these questions:
1. What is the problem you are trying to solve? How does this framework solve that problem?

2. How does this problem solve a business or customer need?

3. What have you tried to do in the past? What did you learn?

4. How do you know when the problem is solved? What is your measurement of success?

C. Fake agile checks a box instead of looking closely and evolving

Evolve your viewpoint instead of trying to make sure boxes are checked – it is essential to avoiding fake agile within your own organization.

1. There is no predefined right or wrong way
You must tweak for your conditions. Understand the business problem you are trying to solve first. Jumping to buying a solution, technical or otherwise, will not advance your goals.

2. Know that this work does not end
There is no box to check at the end of the process. The work changes, teaches you something new, and you learn to continue to get better. Continuous improvement should be a fact of agile life for you and your teams.

3. This is hard and messy human work.
Work that is worth it because the folks who work for you and at your companies are worth it. As a leader, this is work that you must do, too.

ADAPTED FROM:
How to spot an agile faker
The Enterprisers Project

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