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Agile is Dead, and it Died in Infancy (Doug Knesek) Popular

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Most of us feel like we’re pretty agile. But most of us don’t know that the inventors of agile development methods such as Scrum and XP delivered value (not code) four to ten times faster than classic software development methods. Very few of us have enjoyed anywhere near that level of performance. Commercial agile frameworks such as SAFe boast performance increases only up to about two times prior expectations. Why the huge gap? And what can we do about it?
We start with a brief agility survey to give you a sense of how agile your organization really is. Then we explain why commercial Agile frameworks fall short, and the vicious cycle those frameworks create. We then reveal the natural economics that underlies all agile practices (spoiler - it’s much simpler than teamwork, learning, or small batches). Finally, we conclude with a new vision and path forward, taking us well beyond agile as commonly practiced.

Learning Outcomes:
  • conceptual understanding of authentic agility
  • understanding of how agile as currently practiced limits us
  • understanding of what must be done to advance beyond agile as commonly practiced


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Doug Knesek

Director of Agile Development & Coaching, Flexion, Inc.
Doug Knesek is a developer, coach, and leader of agile teams and organizations with nearly 30 years of industry experience. Doug started developing software in about 1990 when waterfall was king. He abandoned waterfall and transitioned to the Unified Process in 1995, then abandoned... Read More →

Monday August 6, 2018 15:45 - 17:00 PDT
Marriott Salon 1 & 2