I’ve been frustrated lately by the flippant use of the words “Scrum” and “Agile” in our industry.
Actually, I’m STILL frustrated. I originally wrote this article January 2015. Not only is it still true. It is more true.
Our industry has been treating Scrum and Agile as “buzzwords that mean nothing.” These words get slapped onto job requirements like the typical requirements we’ve all seen.
- Must be able to communicate
- Must be able to work in a team environment
- Must be able to work under pressure
- Must be able to work in an Agile environment
What’s really funny is when I see
- Meet tight deadline
- Expert in Agile
together in the same job request.
And even if it doesn’t show up in the job description. Once you get into the organization, you find out they are no different than any other organization. All those promises about running “Agile” or “Scrum” as a well of figuring out how long a project will take fly right out the window as soon as a manager wants something done by a specific date.
If management ain’t Agile, ain’t no one Agile.