Last night I spoke at SeaSPIN on the topic “Dollars and Dates Are Killing Agile”. The focus of this talk is how we can speak more like business with the benefit of building organizations that are more supportive of adaptive planning, continuous improvement and team empowerment. If we do not speak the language of the business and continue to create friction without enabling strategic planning needs that businesses have then we are bound to see Agile methods have a short lifespan in most organizations. Below is the topic description and slides:
Agile teams speak in points and iterations, but project and business managers think in terms of dates and dollars. This conceptual and language barrier makes strategic business planning, funding, and project status reporting a significant challenge for Agile teams. Because of these barriers, many successful Agile/Scrum initiatives are discontinued or never expanded.