Three Key Questions to Diagnose “Fake Agile” [#Agile #FakeAgile]

THREE KEY QUESTIONS TO DIAGNOSE “FAKE AGILE” [#Agile #FakeAgile]

QUESTION #1: “DO REAL USERS SEE ITERATIVE WORKING VERSION OF THE PRODUCT, AND IF SO, HOW OFTEN?”
QUESTION #2: “HOW FREQUENTLY IS FEEDBACK FROM USERS CONVERTED INTO WORK ACTIVITIES FOR TEAMS?”
QUESTION #3: “WHAT LEVEL OF EMPOWERMENT DO TEAM MEMBERS HAVE? CAN THEY CHANGE PROCESSES AND REQUIREMENTS BASED ON USER FEEDBACK AND ON WHAT THEY LEARN?”

QUESTION #1: “DO REAL USERS SEE ITERATIVE WORKING VERSION OF THE PRODUCT, AND IF SO, HOW OFTEN?”
If the answer is no,Agile is not in place. It is also a problem if customers only see iterations every few months. This is not Agile project management either. The end users should be seeing and feeding back on iterations with regularity.

QUESTION #2: “HOW FREQUENTLY IS FEEDBACK FROM USERS CONVERTED INTO WORK ACTIVITIES FOR TEAMS?”
If the answer is never, the team is clearly not Agile. If the leader responds that this happens within time frames of less than one month, then it is possible that Agile is operating as it should. After all, Agile operating is all about meeting customer requirements by taking on board feedback and incorporating it into the project.

QUESTION #3: “WHAT LEVEL OF EMPOWERMENT DO TEAM MEMBERS HAVE? CAN THEY CHANGE PROCESSES AND REQUIREMENTS BASED ON USER FEEDBACK AND ON WHAT THEY LEARN?”
Empowerment of team members is a core principle of Agile operating. Leaders that say any answer that includes, “Yes they are empowered but…” are probably not following Agile methodology. Any indication of hierarchical, top-down decision making goes against the Agile way of working.

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