January 20th we had Zubair ask his questions to a forum of Techies in which every techie present could openly participate. He posted his difficulties about Agile adoption and the selling of using an Agile Methodology to the Business. Hammad then quickly grabbed the definition of Agile from Wikipedia:
Agile methods generally promote a disciplined project management process that encourages frequent inspection and adaptation, a leadership philosophy that encourages teamwork, self-organization and accountability, a set of engineering best practices intended to allow for rapid delivery of high-quality software, and a business approach that aligns development with customer needs and company goals.
Good suggestion from Ronald was to pass a token to not speak crossing one another, so we placed a card to be held by whomever was speaking, and we did not have a filybuster. We all behaved well and everyone got to speak. A few books passed in the discussion:
After the discussion Ronald and Hammad posted further thoughts at:
In the end it is a hard sell for Agile, and the major principles is that you may not need to sell it to the business but you do need participation from the business. Software development has become way to complex to go without confirmation of doing the right thing and doing the things right by the one paying the bills, or signing off on paying the bills. Also the methodology used may vary and on that topic the next event will go in Depth February 10th.
Can’t leave without a snapshot, this time kindly taken by Inka. Drinks were on Techies.ae. Thank you all for a great session, next event bring a fellow developer!