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Why “Agile” and especially Scrum are terrible

In six years of blogging, I’ve never reblogged a post… until now. I don’t agree with every point made in this insightful rant, and I outright disagree with several of them, but I resonate with many of the others via direct personal experience.

Michael O. Church

Follow-up post: here

It’s probably not a secret that I dislike the “Agile” fad that has infested programming. One of the worst varieties of it, Scrum, is a nightmare that I’ve seen actually kill companies. By “kill” I don’t mean “the culture wasn’t as good afterward”; I mean a drop in the stock’s value of more than 85 percent. This shit is toxic and it needs to die yesterday. For those unfamiliar, let’s first define our terms. Then I’ll get into why this stuff is terrible and often detrimental to actual agility. Then I’ll discuss a single, temporary use case under which “Agile” development actually is a good idea, and from there explain why it is so harmful as a permanent arrangement.

So what is Agile?

The “Agile” fad grew up in web consulting, where it had a certain amount of value: when dealing with finicky clients who don’t…

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  1. Dave Closs
    June 13, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Keeps those actually producing in their place, commoditizes them, and erodes the feelings between them that they are part of a guild… Sounds like a sound business ‘win’ to me!

    • June 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      LOL. You’re right. From a cold, rational business executive point of view it’s a golden, err, green strategy.

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