Even though agile methods (like scrum or kanban) are over 20 years old, most software teams don't really feel like they're helping.
There's an industry of speakers, authors, and consultants that want you to think there's "one true way" to be agile.
So companies hire an agile coach, follow the "best practices", and then wonder why people don't like it better (or work faster).
Every person within a company is unique, and these differences really do make it silly to follow a "recipe" to be agile.
You have to take into account the people, and what they do and don’t think will help them work better - from their perspective.
It's better to pick something and try making it "a little more agile".
If it doesn't work, then try something else.
Repeat until you find what works best for your team and company.
In this excerpt from my interview with Iain Lowe, we discuss the fight against "thought leaders" who claim to have a recipe that works for everyone.
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