If you are a self-proclaimed Agilist I’ve got a question for you:
Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?
More specifically, if you are one of those people in your organization calling for the adoption of Agile concepts in your organization (assuming off-course you don’t own the organization, in which case the financial consequences of your recommendations will obviously impact you directly), do you demonstrate the same attitude when it comes to managing your own money?
When you plan an overseas trip, and your budget is limited, do you plan your trip in relative detail BEFORE you leave, or do you adopt an incremental planning cycle where each subsequent leg of your trip is planned once the previous leg has been complete?
When you build your house, and your budget is limited, do you allow for an incremental design and build process or do you insist of having a pretty good idea what your money will be giving you, before you allow the builders to start their work?
I am not an Agile skeptic but I am against fundamentalism and double standards. I am sure your motives are pure and honest but if what you are proposing to do with other people’s money is different to the way you treat your own then I’ve got a problem with your attitude and values.
If however you are willing to put your money where your mouth is then you have my full respect.
Think about it!