A common misstep that organisations make when adopting Agile is doing it because there has been a top down order from the leadership team to “do Agile” without the necessary support required to execute it properly. What this often results in is the “Cargo Cult”.

What these Waterfall in Agile clothing projects typically look like is:

  1. Requirements thrust upon teams
  2. Told they should be Agile
  3. Slice the requirements into phases
  4. Create a roadmap based on ‘iterative’ phases
  5. Determine that the phases are sequential
  6. Plan the first building block using Agile buzzwords
  7. Explain the ‘Agile’ plan

A symptom of this is…

Cate Gower

Head of Product at Theodo. UK

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