Why Agile Turns into Micromanagement

TL;DR: Why Agile Turns into Micromanagement

Agile turns into micromanagement as a result of the middle management’s resistance to change. Despite better knowledge, changing an organization into a learning one, that embraces experimentation and failure is not in the best interest of everybody. Self-organizing, empowered teams often conflict with the middle management’s drive to execute on personal agendas.

Agile micromanagement: autonomy, mastery and purpose
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Why Engineers Despise Agile

TL;DR: Why Engineers Despise Agile

The agile consulting industry repackages an originally human-centered, technology-driven philosophy into a standardized, all-weather project-risk mitigating methodology. Sold to command & control organizations, their middle managers turn “Agile” into a 21. century adoption of Taylorism for knowledge workers. Beyond this meta-level, the reasons, why engineers despise Agile, fall into five categories: Control, manipulation, monitoring, technology and teamwork.

Agile Failure Patterns: Why Engineers Despise Agile

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Cargo Cult Agile: The ‘State of Agile’ Checklist for Your Organization

TL;DR: The Cargo Cult Agile Checklist for Download

You want to know the state of agility in your organization? Here we go: Download the checklist, distribute it generously among your colleagues and run a quick poll. It will only take 5 minutes of their time–and then run an analysis on their feedback. If the average number of checkboxes marked is higher than nine, then you are probably practicing cargo cult agile. Consider changing it. Or abandon your agile experiment altogether. But don’t refer to it as “agile” any longer.

The State of Agile: the cargo cult agile checklist for your organization by Age of Product
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Customer Care as a Litmus Test for Innovation and Agile Change

TL; DR: Customer Care as a Litmus Test for Innovation and Agile Change

Customer care as an entity, its function, and status within a company, can act as a good litmus test for a company’s culture, its product management, and thus its potential for innovation and agile change.

If customer care is regarded solely as a cost center that needs to be outsourced, agile change is unlikely to happen in that organization.

Age of Product: Customer Care as a Litmus Test for Innovation and Agile Change
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App Prototyping with Absolute Beginners – Agile Experiments

TL;DR: App Prototyping with Absolute Beginners

Yes, even absolute beginners can prototype an app. And learn a lot about product management, product design and user experience along the way. It is a low-cost exercise that will significantly improve communication within your organization.

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Welcome to the Agile Clinic – Our New LinkedIn Group For Agile Change

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When I wrote the Agile Failure Patterns In Organizations post in October, I could not anticipate the feedback it would receive: Over 80 comments on the Hacker News thread and almost 15,000 readers on the blog and additional channels like DZone or Business2Community.

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