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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?

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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Pragmatism vs Compromise - A Difficult Distinction

Pragmatism vs Compromise - A Difficult Distinction

In recent years, the idea of pragmatism in the agile community has started to get a bit of a bad name for itself. We represent Pragmatic Agilists everywhere and are proud of that fact; We like to look beyond the fixed frameworks like Scrum and look at alternative methodologies for guidance in tools and processes that may better serve my clients.

There is a fine line between pragmatism and compromise. It is a common problem in agile implementations these days that too many compromises are made against the key principles of agile which prevent it from working effectively.

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Interviewing for Scrum Masters

I have always believed that the hiring process is crucial and have looked for innovative ways of ensuring that I get the right people for the job and for the team. This stems from a mixture of dubious recruitment decisions made early on in my career which detrimentally affected the team I was a member of and many years on the other side of the fence going through the same 2 styles of interview approaches over and over again.

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Scrum Day London 2016 - Summary & Review

I spent a day last week in London attending the first Scrum Day conference held in London. What follows is a light summary of what was discussed and some personal analysis.

The key highlights for me of the event were a key forward thinking and pragmatic case study discussion of Capital One's agile transformation, presented by CIO Rob Harding, and an enlightening discussion on uses of Scrum techniques in alternative industries by Ade Shokoya.

Read the full article for details on the presentations I attended and the keynote with Ken Schwaber & Dave West.

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