I wasn't really being asked "Does Agile scale?" (By now, though, we know the answer: yes.) What I was really being asked was, "Does Agile work in large, dysfunctional organizations? Can I keep doing all of the ineffective things I'm required to do and still say I'm Agile? I can't have a co-located team--it's out of my control. I can't have active, involved product managers--they're too busy. I can't create cross-functional teams--it would disrupt our reporting hierarchy. How does Agile scale to my situation?"
It doesn't... at least, not well. Welcome to Mediocrity.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
James Shore: Stumbling Through Mediocrity
link -> James Shore: Stumbling Through Mediocrity
Long way of saying you can't get something for nothing.