Five Things that Destroyed Agile (and kanban, and XP, and democracy, and the Star Wars series, and your favorite restaurant from five years ago....)
Good news! Agile is irreparably broken and it's okay, because so is everything else.
Why is this good news?
Because we've been trying to fix what can't be fixed:
we've been trying to deny human nature by overemphasizing teams (people hate silos), the natural variation in our work (we get paid well because our work is difficult), and we've hidden what our plans in tools and systems (we can better manage what we can see).
And we could go on, but that would just tell you the whole keynote.
We've been trying so hard to make the workplace a utopia, that we've created a legalistic Agile framework every bit as rigid as the waterfall it was meant to destroy.
Jim Benson, creator of Personal Kanban, will discuss how we come up with good ideas and then systematically destroy them by over-thinking them. He will directly challenge core beliefs of Agile, Kanban, and probably everything else. This talk will combine cognitive psychology, new advances in management practice, and sarcasm to directly address the malpractice we see daily in our offices. Jim will tell funny stories.
In the end, this keynote will point out some holes in what we do every day and teach us, not how to fix them, but how to live with them.
We can't save Agile, but we can make it more tolerable.