Through the years we have at Crisp repeatedly been confronted with the question “How can I become Agile?”. We have checked with coaches outside Crisp and they give us the same picture. People want to become agile and they want it now. It has become obvious to us that there is a need for a quick fix. Hence the Agile Pill.
It was not done in a blink of an eye. We started at an agile conference in 2016, Agila Sverige. Here we counselled fellow agilists on how such a pill should be designed. In the year to come, and some more, our devoted effort brought fruit and we can now present the result to the public.
The Agile Pill will give you an agile mindset without any need for extensive training and practicing. You only have to find the right dose. “Take the pill right, agile in a fortnight”, as we say.
Of course there will be consequences when getting an agile mindset. This red pill will make you see the world in a different light, i.e., as it really is. Typically, you will experience the following:
- Processes and tools, labelled agile or not, are of some help but it is actually how people work together that is the most important. You may even experience that people succeed despite processes and tools, rather than because of them.
- Documentation is appreciated and important but what really matters is delivering value. In our context, we often talk about the value of working software. A fraction of the pill contains TDD to enlighten the importance of “working”. It may be painful to you when software is delivered and not working, but you have chosen this path.
- Specifications in contracts written before we start, when we know the least, is an established practice that will start looking different to you. Instead of giving the benefits that you thought before, you will see the lose-lose situation. The more important aspect of collaboration between the parties is shot down by paragraphs of a dated agreement.
- Planning is important, you knew that already. But now you will feel the pain of the plan as new insights build up over time. A plan is a hindrance to react on these insights and thus the inevitable, omnipresent force of change, will not be responded to.
Those were just a few examples of how the pill will interact with your world perception. It may be disturbing but like when you discovered that Santa is not for real, you don’t want to go back.
Dr J. Janlén and Dr P. Lundholm showing the Agile Pill
Eat your pill responsibly.
Note: How do I get hold of a box of agile pills you might wonder? Well, your current options are to either visit our office in Stockholm, attend one of our trainings, or if you know anyone of us working for Crisp, ask them to bring you a box.
Read more about the Agile Pill on the product page.