Flexibility in today’s global market is essential. Luckily Agile can help businesses react effectively to new challenges and provide an element of flexibility. It’s a set of values that has been steadily growing in popularity and, for some, has become the blueprint for developing software. Nowadays Agile reaches beyond developing software projects, but as it’s grown it’s brought along a few myths that we want to dispell. If you’re unsure what Agile is, check out Addocura’s post, but put very simply, it’s a way to manage teams and projects. The four core values and 12 key principles are outlined in the Agile Manifesto if you’re interested in learning more.
Agile and SCRUM are the same
Lean, SCRUM, Waterfall…it can all get a bit confusing. However, Scrum is just one iterative and incremental agile software development methods and, while is a part of SCRUM, Agile is NOT the same as SCRUM. Matthias Marschall over at Agile Web Operations couldn’t put it better: “Asking for the differences between Scrum vs Agile is like asking for the differences between “Water” and “Ice”…Scrum vs Agile is comparing a concrete example with its fundamental principles.”
It means you don’t have a solid plan
Agile does involve planning that is often evolutionary and constant, it’s what makes the project so flexible. In some cases, projects will only need to plan a couple weeks ahead, in which case they will plan a single ‘sprint’. Agile is very concerning with planning but not in the traditional sense; instead, it encourages short range planning. After all, this helps control the work in progress more efficiently.
It’s for techies
While originally it was defined in a software development context, it doesn’t mean it has to stay in this context. In fact, many elements are happily used in sectors such as healthcare and marketing. Using Agile helps improve customer experience so it would be silly to limit its reach to only software development. Even Mckinsey recommend taking elements of elements beyond the IT team and into the rest of a business. Ultimately, it can suit any dynamic business
It is just another fad
A fad is something short-lived, which Agile is not. It’s been around for 30+ years and is a part of many companies DNA. This myth continues because there is always hype around the process, and for good reason. But with hype and a spike in interested means it could at any point fall out of the zeitgeist and turn into a fab. But for now, and for the past 30 years, it’s has been going strong and we expect to see it continue for many more years.