Friday, January 2, 2009

Looking back at a very Agile 2008

In 2008 Agile saw its true breakthrough. Especially Scrum has been benefitting.

The agile movement is a very important thing for IT: it returns focus on empowering - empower the teams and people to do their job as effective as possible and let them learn from their own mistakes.

The methodologies of the years before this have focused on preventing mistakes and enforcing a detailed process onto teams and people. This can work if the people can be effective and are empowered. But instead the traditional top-down (project) management approaches florished and the opposite happened.

Empowering is important! But let's not forget the things we learned with previous methodologies in the past decades. There is an art to software engineering, design, etc. Let's not forget that just empowering teams still requires expertise and know-how.

I will do everything I can to make Agile a success and promote it. One thing worries me: it is becoming a hype, and hypes lead to misunderstandings and an opposite movement (which would lead back to traditional management methods). Let's be aware of this such that we can prevent this from happening and thus make 2009 and the years to come the years of empowerment!

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