Some of the conversations I’ve been drawn into about Agile have been nothing short of mind-numbingly overcomplicated. The Manifesto for Agile Software Development and the Twelve Principles of Agile Software are actually quite straightforward.
The manifesto only contains 62 words (354 characters). The principles are described with 180 words (1,081 characters).
Yet, Amazon.com currently offers 4,521 books on “agile”.
If you really feel the need to read (or promote) a book about being agile… read “Corps Business: The 30 Management Principles of the U.S. Marines”.
According to the “Scrum Alliance: Certified Agile Leadership Program”, an Agile Leader:
– Operates effectively amid uncertainty, complexity, and rapid change
– Is knowledgeable about Agile values, approaches, and practices
– Surfaces more creative solutions through increased self-awareness, a growth mindset, and engaging others
– Aligns and empowers teams toward delivering more customer value
– Personally integrates feedback and experiments, and adapts their ways
– Takes a collaborative continuous-improvement approach to organizational effectiveness
– Catalyzes change in others and facilitates organizational change
Um… yeah… just give me a couple Marine Privates and stand back. I’ll take someone whose earned their Eagle, Globe, and Anchor over a certificate of attendance, any day.