Fred Brooks aptly said in 1986 there is “No Silver Bullet” So why is it in 2011 a number of countries and organisations find themselves administering Agile just like it is the Silver Bullet.
Fred had a number of things to say from 1975 onwards firstly that
“there is no single development, in either technology or management technique, which by itself promises even one order of magnitude [tenfold] improvement within a decade in productivity, in reliability, in simplicity.” He also states that “we cannot expect ever to see two-fold gains every two years” in software development, like there is in hardware development
The Best that Brookes had to say was this
“Question: How does a large software project get to be one year late? Answer: One day at a time!”
Looks like Al Pacino in On Any Given Sunday might also agree with Brooks
Agile is not just a process, a principle or a fad to improve productivity & smooth out software development & IT infrastructure environments. Agile is about Communication, you might be surprised that some of the best coaches we can find may not come from management consultancies or change management mentors, they might just be found in Hollywood.
Agile is about the inches, the moment, the minute, the hour & the day and the team