Do Agile | Be Agile

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We Must Do Agile (Practices)
vs.
We Must Be Agile (Mindset)

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  • “We need a standard way to do Agile.”
  • “If you’re not doing [practice], you’re not Agile!”
  • “We need something specific, not philosophy.”
  • “If you’re obsessing on a checklist of processes, you’re missing the point of Agile.”
  • “Those stupid Agile ‘purists’ make things too hard.”
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  • “How can you see the practices and the mindset supporting each other?”
  • “How can we learn to get the outcomes/benefits of Agile along the way together?”
  • (Invite dialogue of their rationale: What is driving their emphasis of a particular practice/principle?)
  • “What assumptions are we making about people that may help us choose to emphasize practices or principles? How can you test those assumptions?”
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  • (People begin describing how specific practices reinforce a principle.)
  • “What practices help us with the problem we are trying to solve?
  • “Some of these practices actually work together as part of a whole approach.”
  • (Discussion of what people in the organization really expect from Agile)

History

First identified at Agile Coachcamp2016, published here 2017.

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Everywhere | Not Here

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Agile Works Everywhere
vs.
Agile Won’t Work Here

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  • “Agile works everywhere because it’s just values & principles.”
  • “Your complaints are weak because you don’t know enough about Agile to see how it can work (maybe you need training!)”
  • “That won’t work here because of our constraints.” (time, tech, process, doc, regulation, etc.)
  • “We tried Agile before and it failed.”
  • “Our management doesn’t support Agile values and principles.”
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  • “What would be necessary for parts of Agile to work?”
  • “What are the risks of trying?”
  • “What about this org needs to stay the same/change in order for us to succeed with Agile?”
  • (Highlight a past troubled project that became successful.) “What assumptions did that team challenge before they succeeded? How is this debate like the ones on that project?”
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  • (Dialogue of the risks/fears of implementing Agile, and how to mitigate them.)
  • “What parts of Agile will work here? Will they be enough to help?”
  • “I like the idea of , how can we do it in a way we can support?”
  • “Some things might need to change around here… How can we do that?”
  • “Here’s some strengths we have in the way we currently work; how can we keep those as we try Agile?”

History

First identified at AgileDialogs2016, further refined at Agile Coachcamp2016, published here 2017.