What’s the right way to do Agile?
Is Kanban Agile? Or is there Agile and Kanban and Lean and…?
Is iterative harder than Kanban or vice versa?
These questions and more seem to lead to organizations making statements like “this is the way that WE do Agile!”
I don’t object to an organization choosing an approach, unless they choose from a position of ignorance or confusion or both. And that’s what I see a lot.
There is no one way or right way. Even within a single organization, there might be variations that make sense.
There is no Agile Cookbook. There’s a pantry, a refrigerator, a stove, and a bunch of hungry people. Go figure it out.
I’m thrilled to share this with all of you. As of the 12th of this month, I joined Neudesic, which is based in Irvine, California and has offices in a number of cities around the United States and in India.
Neudesic is a Microsoft National Systems Integrator and Gold ISV Partner with a proven track record of providing reliable, effective solutions based on Microsoft’s technology platform. Our technical and industry expertise empower enterprises to enhance their technological capacity and respond to business opportunities with greater efficiency.
I get to work with my good friends Ted Neward and Simon Guest, both of whose judgement I respect.
My title is “National Agile Evangelist”. That means I’ll be focusing on how we can be more effective at developing and delivering our services through the use of Agile, Lean/Kanban, and whatever methodologies suit. I’ll also be focusing on how we assist our clients in adopting these practices and principles to the betterment of their organizations.
The process going from day one (“your position is no longer being funded” at TW) to making the decision to join Neudesic was thoroughly enjoyable for me. I got to spend time with people I knew and liked, people I didn’t yet know and discovered I liked, and also to learn about what’s going on in the Agile Coaching space in the United States.
For each of you that contributed to the journey, please accept my gratitude.
I hope I can do the same for others.
My colleague and friend David Joyce did a short version of his presentation on Kanban for a group of us at our client site the other day. I must say that I feel, for the first time, that Kanban makes sense. David did a brilliant job of making it simple and clear, and the attraction of it is powerful.
You can view the full thing here on his blog.
Now I have an internal struggle. I’m busily training on Agile stuff based on XP and Scrum. I believe that it works and provides real value. I have worked on XP/Scrum teams, but not on a team doing Kanban. I’m feeling pulled toward Kanban, after listening to David.
It feels as though Kanban is my natural way of working: give me work, don’t give it to me all at once, let me work on one thing until I’m done, and occasionally interrupt me with higher priorities if you must. What’s my status? “I’m working on X.”