Hello, Kathleen. On Friday, July 1, 2011, at 9:47:13 AM, you
> In some posts, there seems to be a focus on doing things 'by the
> book', rather than exploring the possibilities of other concepts
> or techniques that might be useful. It implies that the method is
> the 'one true way' of doing things, and that you don't need to
> learn anything else to be successful. Unfortunately, reality is
> way too messy for that to be true.
> To get really good at something, you need to go beyond mastery of
> a given method (or words of a specific master). You need to learn
> the underlying theory and principles (like what was mentioned
> before), then integrate the ideas and processes in new ways to
> deal with your current situation.
Yes, I do agree. And at the same time one does need to start
/somewhere/, inside the "safe region" for learning before you die.
Scrum purports to define part of the safe region.
> Creating new concepts should be encouraged. We should all be
> challenging the status quo and pushing for better ways to do
> things. Isn't that how agile got started? Why stop now?
Agile got started based on the combined experience of a large number
of people who had observed a large number of teams for a large
number of years. It is possible that those people knew rather a lot.
It is also possible that teams starting out to do this stuff are not
yet qualified to make decisions about what to do and what not to do.
Show me the features!