We do not know how to …

A lot of people come to me these days and ask, ever since we started doing Agile, things have gone from bad to worse. Some of the things that go wrong [according to them] are:
  • We do not know how to bill – the customer wants a fixed price while we can’t give it in Agile
  • We do not know how to hire – there are so many things we need to look for more, we can’t seem to find enough people
  • We do not know how to train – we need to coach people on things like responsibility, duties and collaboration
  • We do not know how to measure – how can you measure without knowing what everyone else did
  • We do not know how to manage requirements – they just keeping all the time and we do not know how to keep architecture scalable for that
  • We do not know how to manage – Agile just throws so many things in diverse directions and we do not know how to go about things
My first response to this is “Ok! At least you know all this and got so far”. Invariably I find out that the reason they are unable to manage the above is because they are able to somehow manage to do the impossible – reinvent the wheel on Scrum and XP. Probably its the comfort of familiar rather than uncomfort of unfamiliar, although that may turn out more comfortable. Needless to say there are many solutions available for the above. We will try and see some of them in the future posts.
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One Response to “We do not know how to …”

  1. […] to Agile presents for most organizations, is to redefine how we manage things [and we saw in last post – how difficult it can be] and importantly the role of a manager. Well, below is a general outline […]

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