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Know Agile when I see it

I got all fired up today when I read some pretty outlandish statements by a company claiming it “helps through an innovative project management and development tool known as Agile Methodology” and they went on to write “Agile is based on a project management methodology known as SCRUM”

I haven’t heard something like that since someone told me Al Gore invented the Internet (urban legend). Thank you to AgileScout, who wrote the original post titled Agile is NOT a Methodology.  At last count there were 19 comments linked to the post.  Head over to the AgileScout blog and get caught up.

So, what IS Agile and what is NOT?

To answer that, I’m going to take a little liberty with Justice Potter Stewart’s opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio 378 U.S. 184 (1964)

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [“Agile“]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the project involved in this case is not that. [Emphasis added.]

The fun part is knowing what Justice Stewart was really talking about.

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About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of Enterprise Engagements at LeadingAgile. I'm super focused on results. But I also take the hand waving out of organizational transformations. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

4 Responses to “Know Agile when I see it”

  1. November 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Sweet balls of fire! We love your rants! Keep it going!

  2. November 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    http://agilescout.com/agile-is-not-a-methodology/ and the conversation continues on!

  3. November 18, 2010 at 1:10 am

    If there’s one thing we can learn from the learned Justice is that we sometimes spend too much time attempting to accurately define and argue about ‘things’ as opposed to dealing with the ‘things’ themselves.

  4. Guest
    November 18, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Nice. Like your stuff. Linked from agilescout

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