Detecting Agile BS

Questions for Leadership

  • Are teams delivering working software to at least some subset of real users every iteration (including the first) and gathering feedback? (alt: every two weeks)
  • Is there a product charter that lays out the mission and strategic goals? Do all members of the team understand both, and are they able to see how their work contributes to both?
  • Is feedback from users turned into concrete work items for sprint teams on timelines shorter than one month?
  • Are teams empowered to change the requirements based on user feedback?
  • Are teams empowered to change their process based on what they learn?
  • Is the full ecosystem of your project agile? (Agile programming teams followed by linear, bureaucratic deployment is a failure.)

For a team working on agile, the answer to all of these questions should be “yes.”

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