Why Principles are more important than Practices?
Write up from the Keynote at the Agile Development Practices conference in Berlin
The fact that many new to Agile focus a lot of energy in doing Agile right, brings them to end often in situation where many Agile Practices stop to make sense as such, and get adapted... unfortunately in not-really-agile ways.
With the keynote today, I tried to pass across that "doing" Agile, requires at least a bit of understanding about why most of the Agile practices are made the way they are made. Starting out by trying something without having understood why it has been created in the first place, might lead to more dysfunctions than one would think.
Introducing the DOGMAGILES
The DogmAgiles (people renamed them to Agile Potatos, which I am fine with) stand as a symbol to entail dysfunction, without hitting anybody in particular :-) In this sense let the Dogmagiles show you that even if we play practices right, we might not get the the principles behind. This often leads to frustration or sub-optimazation.
Enjoy now the presentation, and I am happy to get your feedback on the presentation as well as on the DogmAgile, as I am going to write more Blog posts on that very soon...