Many teams believe they are Agile because they are following the prescribed Agile practices. E.g. A team may think they are Agile because they are doing daily stand up meetings, sprint planning meetings, retrospectives etc.
The mistake that teams often make is that they tend to treat these practices as ‘ceremonies’, thereby focusing more on getting the ‘ceremony’ done, and not so much on doing it right so as to derive the benefit that the practice is intended to provide. Take, for instance, daily stand up meetings. A team can be said to ‘be’ Agile if they can achieve the following benefits through these meetings:
- Instilling a clear sense of purpose about what needs to get done
- Focus on efficiently moving the work forward
- Early identification of risks and blockers
- Team members helping each other with share obstacles
However, many teams think they are Agile, just because…
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