Re: The Nokia Test
I wanted to make the Nokia Test visible again.
One of the first things to say is "Agile is more a way of thinking,
than a set of practices".
From a certain point of view, I might seem to be contradicting myself.
But it is wiser to hold two contradictory ideas in one's mind at the
same time. More like reality. It is the tension between them that
will help us learn.
I would advocate the Nokia Test over other similar things, partly
because it is from an external company (eg, not Scrum Alliance), who,
for unbiased reasons, found it useful. (eg, It cannot be viewed as a
I think it is useful as a starter for the conversation about "are we
letting ourselves do Cowboy Agile? Or are we letting ourselves do
Agilefall? Are we really getting the juice from Scrum that we are
capable of today?"
Also, I have just added to a series of blog posts on The Nokia Test,
here: http://agileconsortium.blogspot.com/ Your comments are welcome.
--- In email@example.com, "Joseph Little"
> I have written another post on The Nokia Test, which some may find
> interesting. See http://agileconsortium.blogspot.com/
> I find The Nokia Test an extremely useful way to answer three questions:
> * is this team really doing Scrum?
> * have we really tried Agile?
> * are we doing Cowboy Agile?
> Jeff Sutherland and some venture capitalists think it helps answer
> another, perhaps more important question:
> * will this company be likely to turn the firehose of productive
> innovation on its competition?
> See, for example, Jeff Sutherland's comment toward the bottom of this
> I, for one, am impressed that apparently too few firms are really
> doing Scrum according to their belated self-assessment via the Nokia
> Test. We are imperfect, but we can still pick ourselves and start
> again toward better Agile. Don't find out too late...test yourself
> Regards, Joe
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Joseph Little <jhlittle@>
> > Hi all,
> > I just posted a blog entry on the Nokia Test. It explains what it
> > is, and makes some comments about it.
> > Here: http://agileconsortium.blogspot.com/
> > Obviously, I think the Nokia Test is very valuable.
> > Your comments, error corrections, etc. on the Nokia Test or on the
> > blog entry are most welcome.
> > Thanks, Joe