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Is Sustainable Pace Nice to Have? Think Again!

Most of the time, “selling” Agile is easy these days. Everyone agrees that iterative and incremental development is a better alternative; more user interaction is better; so on and so forth. At some point, I will talk about the importance of a sustainable pace. At that point, most will gloss over and some will simply say that it is nice! When I insist that it is not just nice but it is essential, some will respond: “Manoj, there is Agile and then there is reality” (That is actually a quote). Really? Is sustainable pace just a nice to have?

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Manoj Vadakkan
Ask a Coach - Alan Atlas

Recently I had an opportunity to speak with Alan Atlas, a Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach who works for Rally Software. In this conversation, Alan shares his insight on the state of Agile and Scrum. He also takes a stab at predicting what is to come in the future. This interview also includes some advice both for budding agile consultants and also for organizations that are trying to transform to an agile way of working.

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Manoj Vadakkan
Cargo Cult Agile

We have been saying "there are no silver bullets" over and over again. But do we really believe that? In some ways, it is like the disclaimer we add to the end our e-mails. Nobody reads it, but the legal department makes us put it there. Aren’t we (the IT industry) treating Agile like yet another silver bullet? Everyone wants to "adopt" it! Everyone wants to say that we are Agile! It is becoming more like a "Cargo Cult" 

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Manoj Vadakkan
Iterative vs. Agile

Recently, I happened to overhear and eventually involve myself in a conversation between two Project managers. They were discussing why Project managers have to define what "yes" and "no" means to the team – after all, people have understood these words since kindergarten. The story is very familiar to Project managers. Every week, team members report that their activities are on track; the project status is green, and everything is going as planned.

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Manoj Vadakkan