The Thinking Tool called Agile

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Here are the slides from my keynote at Integrating Agile 2009, Amsterdam.

First three slides are below, the rest are in the PDF document.

What is all this stuff?

How do they relate

The old tool was better

Take-away points:

  • Know your goal
  • Agile is a tool, not a goal
    • Tools don’t fail or succeed. People do.
    • There is no such thing as a good or bad tool. Only good or bad decisions about when, where, how, and why to use which tool.
  • Don’t limit yourself to one tool
    • Learn as many tools as possible.
    • Compare for understanding, not judgement.
    • Focus on Why, not How.
  • Experiment & enjoy the ride
    • Don’t worry about getting it right from start. You won’t.
    • The important thing is not where you are, but where you are going.
    • The only real failure is the failure to learn from failure.
      (but you can learn from that too…)

2 Comments

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    Anders Larsson
    2009-06-24 - 08:21 | Permalink

    I enjoyed your presentation. We need an insight to be pragmatic about agile, both tools and methodology. We need to be pragmatic about many things, to be honest. We’ll have to find an event for this presentation in Sweden.

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    2015-01-23 - 11:03 | Permalink

    Excellent ideas throughout this post, personally Im gonna have to bookmark this and come back to it. Im curious if you have any follow ups to this post?

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