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The Seven Deadly Sins of Agile: Envy

October 9, 2023

Envy is one of the seven deadly sins in agile. It often manifests as copying others, thinking that if it works for them, it'll work for us. But is this approach effective? As we delve deeper, we find that the waters get murkier. The infamous "Spotify model" serves as a prime example of this. Organisations, in their quest to achieve success, often emulate models without truly understanding their essence.


The danger lies not in the act of copying but in the lack of understanding. The Spotify model, for instance, was a snapshot of a moment in time. What many don't realise is that shortly after its popularisation, Spotify itself evolved, moving away from the very model that everyone was trying to emulate. This brings us to a crucial point: the importance of carving your own path, rather than being swayed by what competitors are doing. 

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Using examples from the tech industry, Martin sheds light on the pitfalls of adopting practices or tools without aligning them with your organisation's unique needs. It's not about what others are doing; it's about what's right for you. And this, my friends, is where many go astray. They get caught up in the whirlwind of trends, losing sight of their own unique journey.

NKDAgility can help!
If you find it hard to navigate the complexities of agile without falling into the envy trap, my team at NKDAgility can assist you. It's vital to seek help sooner rather than later if issues are undermining the effectiveness of your value delivery.

Which you can do right now. You can request a free consultation with my team or sign up for one of our upcoming professional Scrum classes. Because you don't just need agility, you need Naked Agility.

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