OnPoint, LLC

Agilists – watch your language!

It appears the agile principle that “business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project” is often not followed in practice.  When practioners share their experience with agile transformation they frequently complain that the business is not fully engaged.  Perhaps we agilists are complicating matters unnecessarily.  We produce metrics that describe things such as story point velocity and wonder why our executive sponsors appear catatonic.  We schedule meetings with odd names like “scrum of scrums” and wonder why business people do not attend.  We have developed language and ceremonies that are completely foreign to the business and have therefore created the impression that this agile thing is for IT.

If we are serious about agile at scale, we need to adapt our communications to the needs of the business.  Don’t make them learn our secret handshakes and gang signs.

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