Two steps to become agile

A lot of companies today wants to become “agile”. The $100.000.000 question is: How do you become agile?

These are the two steps you need to do:

  1. Arrange totally honest retrospectives every week
  2. Execute, with no exception nor delay, all the solutions, impediment removals and improvements as suggested by the retrospectives

If you do this, you will be doing agile.

Simple? I doubt it…


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kevin E. Schlabach
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 20:44:58

    Though I almost completely agree and have been saying something similar myself… I’d have to disagree that only doing retrospectives is enough to equate to “doing agile”.

    I would say that if you continue to follow both steps, you will “eventually be forced into agile”.


  2. danielbrolund
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 21:39:11

    I would say this is the essence of Scrum, and it also fulfills most or all values of XP (communication, simplicity, feedback, courage, respect).

    Agile or not? I say agile. 🙂


  3. Jelena
    Nov 19, 2008 @ 04:32:34

    Daniel, you got to the core of Agile with the proposed steps.
    Still, I wonder about a few details.
    For example – one can not execute “all the solutions, impediment removals and improvements suggested by the retrospectives” without some prioritization, right?
    And what about scoping out some feature if a related impediment is not able to be removed, is it allowed?


  4. danielbrolund
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 06:12:36

    I would guess that a totally honest retrospect would deal with that issue. If prioritization is not needed (utopia, agreed) then there is no need to prioritize. Same for scoping things out.

    You can remove all “certified agile practices” if they are not needed, EXCEPT for the retrospective, which, as you stated, is the core of agile.


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