Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Agile Coaches likes and Dislikes

Are you afraid of uttering certain words in front of Agile coaches for the fear of getting branded as “Non Agilist” ?

I have seen many places where the teams dread using “Non Agilie” vocabulary.  I thought I would make a list of words that  Agilists like and Dislike :-) 

Let me start with the words they don’t like to hear
  • Process
  • Standard
  • Sign Off
  • Hand off
  • Change Request
  • Manager
  • Reporting Structure
  • Hierarchy
  • Distributed Development
  • Command and Control
  • Tracking
  • Approval
  • Fixed Bid Contract
  • Rules
  • Documentation
  • Productivity
  • GANTT Chart

If you like to get some attention from Agile coaches around you, start using the following words:

What the Agile coaches like
  • White Board/Post-Its
  • Servant leader
  • Time & Material
  • Kanban Wall
  • Open Source
  • Colocation
  • Self Organization
  • Autonomy
  • Elimination of Wastes

If you know additional words, feel free to share it here.


Andrew Johns said...

In the unlike column I would put GNATT Chart. At least in our organization that word has been seen as an un-Agile word.

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy said...

That is a good one Andrew. I will add it.

Mark Twain said...

Could anyone tell me what is agile and non-agile? And why whiteboard have been put in agile one?

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy said...

Thanks for stopping by. Agile is a software development methodology, and googling it around will provide a lot of details. Agile coaches use a lot of whiteboards, so,you would find Whiteboard there. Hope it helps,