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The Pragmatic Agile Community was a group of like-minded people who value the principles and spirit of the Agile Manifesto over any single agile approach. We recognise the value of customised and flexible agile approaches for different organisations and departments.

NOTE: As of 8th July 2017 The Pragmatic Agile Community has been closed down and all user account information has been removed. Changes to requirements for storing user information under the GDPR regulations and the ongoing cost in time and money of maintaining a site for a very small group has made this decision necessary. The current site content will remain up for now.


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The agile community has grown enormously since the writing of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development in 2001. Agile processes and tools have spread across and beyond software development. I attended a very interesting talk with Gez Smith, an expert in agile thinking early in 2016, about how agile has become akin to religion amongst many in the community. This started me on a train of thought which culminated at Scrum Day London 2016 with a belief that something was fundamentally wrong with the direction the agile community was going down. It seemed that, although not forgotten, the desire for certifications and sales had overtaken the principles and values of the manifesto.

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The Ministry of Technology has a history of agile implementation and transformation and is the headline sponsor of the Pragmatic Agile Community. They are experts in helping you grow the teams you need to make your products a success, or building teams to make your products for you using the same best practices. They provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to help you through all stages of the software delivery lifecycle using a pragmatic approach to agile techniques, merging with your company culture, as they firmly believe that this delivers the best results for their clients.

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The anti-agility of dogma (or why Agile is a Science and not a Faith)

The English Oxford Dictionary defines Dogma as...

A principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true : 'the dogmas of faith'

To apply this to the agile world we only have to look at the Principles behind the Agile Manifesto. These principles are guidelines for good practice. If Agile, in it's purest form, was a faith then these principles would be akin to Christianity's ten commandments. 

The principles are based on experience and growth from many different business types using many different techniques over an extensive period of time. In this Agile is less like a faith and more like a science. It is in the latter that true agility can be found, not in the former.

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What is a Pragmatic Agilist?

PRAGMATIC: Dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations: "a pragmatic approach to politics"

AGILE: Relating to or denoting a method of project management, used especially for software development, that is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans: Contrasted with waterfall: "agile methods replace high-level design with frequent redesign"

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