Top 10 Agile Myths Debunked

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Abstract
Misconceptions about agile development abound, especially—though not exclusively—among people unfamiliar with agile methodologies. This paper by ProjectConnections Director of IT Content Kent McDonald debunks ten of the most common myths about agile development so teams and organizations will approach their agile efforts in the right mindset, and with the right expectations.


What this is

This paper by ProjectConnections Director of IT Content Kent McDonald debunks ten of the most common myths about agile development.


Why it's useful

Misconceptions about agile development abound, especially—though not exclusively—among people unfamiliar with agile methodologies. Unfortunately, these misconceptions can severely hamper an agile implementation effort. Myths misstated as facts can become barriers to attempting an agile approach, or excuses for hamstringing or discontinuing the effort. Perhaps even worse, misconceptions that create unrealistic expectations can lead a team to decide agile just doesnÂ’t work for them, and lead them to abandon their effort before it really has a chance.

Going into an agile effort with a realistic, pragmatic understanding of the possibilities will help teams and organizations approach agile methodologies with the right mindset, and select the right techniques for their environment.


How to use it

As you read through each of these myths and the contrasting truths about agile development methods, be honest with yourself about which ones you currently buy into, or which ones you are running into with other people. Think about how these discussions apply to your situation, and discuss these ideas with others on your team to see if you have a good understanding of nuances involved in adopting agile methods.


About the Author
Kent J. McDonald has more than a decade of experience guiding successful projects and designing business solutions in a variety of industries, including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, non-profit, and automotive. His background includes delivering data-intensive and web-enabled application development projects that provide outstanding business value, and helping organizations find practical ways to deliver the right results. When he is not helping organizations get more done by doing less, Kent writes and speaks on leadership, business analysis, and agile approaches. Kent is currently Director of IT Content for ProjectConnections.com where he is developing and organizing practical resources for teams involved in Information technology projects and interested in agile approaches.


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