Re: Why Enterprises Need To Adapt To Agile
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Eric. You're certainly right - Agile is not going away, and companies that want to pretend it is risk going the way of Music Publishers (vs. digital downloads) and Blockbuster (vs. Netflix) - I think it's that fundamental of a change. On that note, we see an alarming trend when it comes to businesses and traditions, don't we? Saying the we 'fear change' is a bit of an understatement - we have processes, support systems, and cultural idioms in place to justify ourselves avoiding and downplaying change in the business world. We say 'risk-averse' and 'dependable' instead of admitting we fear change. So, you're right again - it's the culture that needs to change.
I always have a secondary concern when reading something like this - while all your points are very good, I'm concerned whether the target audience for something like this (that is, CIOs who are resistant to Agile) are the kind of people who read technology blogs in their free time. It's a big world out there, and there are lots of companies large and small who are still not embracing Agile (or, any new trend) - and those CIOs may be focused on getting today's work down more than worrying about tomorrow. Maybe there's an additional lesson that we can only control our own actions in this big ocean... the best we can do other than that is pass some advice on to the next person.