On a regular basis we encounter lists of arguments on why the entire world should become agile.
But agile is certainly not for everyone. If the below statements apply to your company, be very, very HAPPY, because your company could absolutely not benefit from going agile.

  1. Your business executives are people with perfect vision of the future. They are great at defining requirements at the start of the project and they never ever ever change their mind. So there is no need for a flexible process that can handle progressing insight.
  2. Your business executives have an endless supply of funding. There is enough money to build and buy everything they hear about at the golf course or indeed that great seminar they visited. So there is no need to prioritize for business value.
  3. Your employees perform best on their own. Each and everyone is perfect and could not possibly learn anything from someone else. You are always able to create the perfect team by throwing some random people together whenever there is a project. So there is no need for people to jell into a team and become more than the sum of the individuals.
  4. Everyone is motivated and working very hard all the time, because all your employees care about is money. So if you want them to work harder, or better, all you have to do is offer a bit more money (here the endless supply of money also helps). So there is no need to appeal to intrinsic motivators like mastery and purpose.
  5. The periodic high level reports you receive about the status of your project portfolio give real insight into their status. Over the years you have never been surprised by projects going from “running perfect” to “the shit hits the fan” overnight. So there is no need for better insight into the real status of the project or product.
  6. The products you deliver are perfect (or at least near perfect). They are delivered on time, contain everything agreed upon in the project plan, have no defects and are easy to use. The users just love them.
  7. The outside world is not changing, it has been the same for decades and will remain the same for decades more. Your competitors are unable to improve upon your perfect products and you have the most loyal customers in the world.

If all these apply to your company, you can rest easy at night. It aint broke, so don’t fix it. No need to try something as radical as agile.

Why your company has no need for agile

  • februari 9th, 2013
  • Posted in Agile

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