Sorry Bob, I disagree. Agile as a phrase isn’t worn out and doesn’t need to die. The Agile community needs to wake up and start eating it’s own dogfood instead of smoking it’s vapor.
The problem isn’t the word ‘Agile’ and sorry Ron, the problem certainly is not that “people don’t do what we said” What kind of elitist attitude is that? The problem is the message coming out of the Agile community isn’t resonating with organizations that want to adopt Agile. Organizations want to adopt Agile for a reason and most of the time we overlook that reason and jam a bunch of wishy-washy crap and a bunch of practices down their throat all the while wrapped in a message of “gee, you just don’t get it“. While the Agile community has evolved and matured, “our customers” largely have not. The Agile community is full of fantastic forward-thinkers that have made huge strides in spreading Agile practices and I think the pace of that evolution has far exceeded our customers pace of understanding how to apply these concepts to their context. Continue reading