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Keith Jackson

Keith Jackson

Pragmatic Agile Consultant - The Ministry of Technology

I have been working in the IT industry for 20 years; initially in systems and support and, for the last 16 years, in software development both as an agile servant leader and a web developer. My commercial focus enables me to apply agile techniques to real world business problems so I can encourage your business processes to evolve organically and improve continuously. I am a Pragmatic Agile evangelist, the founder of the Pragmatic Agile Community, and am dedicated to finding the best methodologies, products and people to solve client requirements.

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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