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What Does Agile Mean to You?

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What Does Agile Mean to You?

If it's a rigidly defined methodology, or even just "scrum," you're probably doing it very wrong.

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Over on Techwell, my monthly column is Agile Does Not Equal Scrum: Know the Difference.

I wrote the article because I am tired of people saying “Agile/Scrum” as if Scrum was the only way to do agile.

I use iterations, kanban, and the XP technical practices when I work with teams. I am not religious about the “right” way to do agile. I like any combination of approaches that help a team deliver value often. I like anything that helps a team to get feedback on their work and their team process.

I like anything that helps management ask the right questions and create an environment in which teams can succeed.

Dogma doesn’t work very well for me. (I know, you are so surprised.)

If you are thinking about your agile approach, ask yourself, “What does agile mean to me? What value will agile deliver?”

Before you decide on an approach, answer that question. You might be more Dan in my most recent Pragmatic Manager, Define Your Agile Success. Once you know what agile means to you, you might start to read more about possibilities that fit for you.

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Download the free agile tools checklist from 321 Gang. This guide will help you choose the right agile tools to position your team for success. 

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scrum ,project management ,kanban ,iteration

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