Too often, we emphasize the name of a thing over the potential outcome of the thing. We assume that when we exercise our understanding of the agile terrain via terminology that others have the same, rich mental models we do. I’m also sure many of us feel that using agile terminology lends us a bit of credibility. However, it’s not knowledge or buzz words that makes us credible. That’s earned by helping those around us solve challenging problems. To that end, let’s try a different approach:
Stop looking down at the map for answers. Instead, look up at your surroundings and talk to the natives.
To emphasize my point, have you ever told a team that we’re going to give Scrum a go and heard something like this?
We tried Scrum in my last organization, and it went miserably. I don’t want to live through that crap again.