Is Agile Dead? 

 January 10, 2022

By  Anthony Amos

On Reddit, a user asked, “Is Agile Dead”. It was a great question, and you may be surprised at the answer.

The Question Is, “Is Agile Dead”

Agile isn’t dead. However, I do believe that Agile can relate to a scene in the movie “Dodgeball” where Christine Taylor’s character says “I’m fine, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.”

Tony Amos

Agile is alive and well in organizations where everyone embraces its principles and management style because they enjoy the benefits of an Agile mindset. On the other hand, having witnessed the success of many up-and-coming competitors, other organizations ask “How can we do that?” So they attempt to replicate Google, Airbnb, Facebook, et. al.In truth, those trying to “be agile” predictably fail unless they adopt a truly agile mindset. Microsoft is one of the few companies that has successfully made this change. Unfortunately, Agile is unfairly tainted by the fact that it gets blamed for so many failures. Failures are caused by people who use Agile as a formulaic tool rather than a way of business life. What are some things that make Agile throw up a little?

  • Organizations that “go Agile”.
  • When management consultants implement agility.
  • Anytime business agility is not a way of life.
  • When agility is the mission, goal, or objective.

Agile isn’t dead. It has thrived since the 1950’s, long before populism took hold. It will continue to evolve and thrive amongst those who embrace its principles and leadership style. Those organizations will continue to reap its benefits while the disingenuous try to keep up.

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Anthony Amos

Anthony started creating software in 1981 when he curiously picked up the programming manual for a Wang OIS Word Processor while deployed with the US Navy. He had never seen a computer before, but he taught himself how to write programs that made his Navy work easier and more accurate.
After his honorable discharge in 1986, he began creating financial and analytical software for diverse organizations including Verizon Wireless, JP Morgan Asset Management, GoldenTree Asset Management, NASDAQ, Prudential Insurance, AT&T Capital Corporation, Lehman Brothers, Ernst & Young, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Jersey.

Demonstrating his commitment to the principles and values of Agile Software Engineering, Anthony is a recognized SAFe® version 5 Program Consultant and holds many of the most challenging and difficult to attain Agile certifications. His practice is grounded in Agile Frameworks as he leads clients to implement Scrum, Kanban, Scrum with Kanban, Scaled Scrum with Nexus, and Scaled Agile Framework. He believes in using the framework that best fits the organization's cultural and business direction while maintaining disciplined processes.

Tony Amos

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