Adopting Agile begins with a positive mindset

Last post 02:46 am June 9, 2013
by Anonymous
6 replies
11:01 am June 7, 2013

[Reading from top to bottom: new or unknown to Agile]

This is the truth

If we turn things upside down

Our organization can't adopt the Agile mindset

I would be lying if I said that

We can optimize our development process even more

That we can further minimize our software maintenance costs and that

teams will be self-organized, motivated and produce higher quality

I'm sure of this because I know my company and it’s projects

Bureaucracy and therefore being not adaptable for changes are in our companies nature

I refuse to believe that

Our organization and projects will benefit from Business Agility

Because of our habitual way of developing software

Most of our projects are stressing, over time and exceeding budget

There is even more surprises to come

Our organization has only 1 way of developing software

And whether you like it or not

This is reality

[Reading from bottom up: thinking positive]

06:34 pm June 7, 2013

Very interesting Chee -- I like it. Did you write this? Do you have a reference to where you found this?

04:32 am June 8, 2013

Hi Charles,

Thanks for the compliment.

I wrote it myself when I was working for a small consultancy company as Agile Coach in Asia.
The blog can be found here:…


10:02 am June 8, 2013

Thanks for the reminder.

There is always a form of reality we face, a status quo. Scrum can help challenge the status quo, but without the will, awareness and dedication to change (and proven failures don't seem to help), no change is likely to last.

Change comes often in small steps. Look for the little step you can take.

10:09 am June 8, 2013

In most firms, adoption requires much more than just a positive mindset. It takes hard data on benefits and a clear understanding of weaknesses. Else, nobody in the food chain will listen to you. In a recent study that I will be publishing next month, we see productivity increase and costs go down based on the analysis of 800 projects, 250 of which are agile. However, we see issues in quality as the data shows that quality of agile products is not as good as those generated on traditional project. Based on the data and the facts that we uncovered (not an opinion survey), we believe that you need to walk into agile adoption with a clear understanding of what you can and cannot promise.

12:41 pm June 8, 2013


I'm curious... Did your study take into account the most important metric of all? (Value delivered)

02:46 am June 9, 2013

Very creative