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Linking Agile to HR Theory

by Mike Griffiths, 31 October 2012 | The Agile Blogosphere

This post is from LeadingAnswers: Leadership and Agile Project Management Blog by Mike Griffiths. Click here to see the original post in full.

Agile TheoryTo many people, agile is the opposite of sound
theory. Instead of proceeding in a structured, well-planned manner, teams “self
organize” and iterate through prototypes to try and create something. Ants can
self organize and create transportation systems and large, complex community
structures. Yet when people self-organize, we tend to get slum ghettos with no
sanitation. Which outcome do your projects most resemble?

Planning is a slow, boring, unpopular exercise that
attributes accountability to the planning group; if something goes wrong, we
know who to blame. If everyone has a go at creating something and it does not
turn out, then the blame is harder to pin on someone; excuses can be made
around the project being complex and requirements not clearly articulated, etc.

So, is it laziness and dodging accountability that
drives the huge growth of agile approaches, or is there something else to it?
The Standish Group, which studies software project failure and...

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