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Common Misconceptions about Agile: There Is Only One Approach

Summary:

Many teams think they're agile. They might work in iterations and have a ranked backlog, but they don’t see the value they could be seeing. Usually that means they have a number of false impressions about agile. Read on to have three common misconceptions debunked and to learn what you need to do to make your agile transition successful.

In my work, I meet many people who want to go agile, or think they already have.

They might work in iterations. They might have a ranked backlog. But they don’t see the value they could be seeing from their agile transition.

They have a number of misconceptions about agile or how to be agile. Here are three of the common misconceptions I have seen.

1. People think Scrum is equivalent to agile

Have you ever heard the term “agile/Scrum”? I have. The people who use that term don’t understand that agile represents the principles behind the manifesto and that Scrum is a project management framework designed to instantiate those values.

I spoke with a potential client who talked about “agile/Scrum.” I asked him what he meant by that term.

“Scrum is the way you do agile, right?”

“It’s one way. It’s not the only way. You have many other options beside Scrum,” I added.

He didn’t realize that and was quite surprised.

I explained that the Extreme Programming practices made Scrum work. I suggested that if his team has too much work in progress, they can use a...

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