Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Perennial Waterfall Strawman/Myth


Just as the ‘abominable snowman’ never existed, and is merely used to frighten children from playing in the snow too long, “Waterfall” is just as nonexistent and is used by agile coaches as propaganda┬áscare tactics to frighten developers into buying … Continue reading

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Orwell on Agile


In a previous post I discussed aspects of propaganda widely used in the Agile industry. In this post, I’m going to cover what George Orwell thought were the leading causes of unclear, vague, and deceptive writing, and, even better, what … Continue reading

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Infotisements, Propaganda, and Agile


It’s true that propaganda is a fact of modern life and that many industries use propaganda to sell products. It’s also true that most propaganda uses weak, incorrect, or emotional techniques to sway readers, compared to reason and logic. In … Continue reading

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Agile promotes less accountability, not more


Horizontal, “collective ownership” teams provide less accountability, not more. In a traditional shop, someone or some group would own a given feature/domain. Say Bob owns the DB Data Access Layer and Jane owns the Webservices. Then, months down the road, … Continue reading

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Refactoring the Role of the Product Owner


The PO spot has become a major point of focus in recent years, especially when the PO is doing a less than spectacular job. However, the issues people are having with the PO are a natural consequence of how it … Continue reading

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Management is Not Bad — MicroManagement is Bad


There are some in the “Agile Coaching” community and beyond who feel that management is by definition bad — some might even say evil. Sure, bad managers are bad managers, but that doesn’t mean all management/leadership is bad. The Agilistas … Continue reading

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Teamwork in a Command and Control Enviornment?


One of the many myths that seem to be promulgated by Agilists is that Teamwork cannot flourish in a Command and Control Environment. OK, what about Football teams? That is a command and control environment. Plenty of teamwork there! Baseball? … Continue reading

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