Handbook for agile Practitioners

Disillusioned by Agile

Disillusioned by Agile? A Handbook for Practitioners

Diagnose Dysfunction and Alleviate Pain of Approaches to Agility

  • Simplifying the relationships between customer and developer,
  • Creating value for customers in a more effective way,
  • Continuously improving upon our ways in finding solutions to business problems

Those have been the originale promises of agility.

Rarely have they materialized over the last years.

We are observing another tendency:

  • The small and fluid ways of working with Scrum and Kanban are adapted to fit  complicated processes.
  • Big and clumsy processes are not being broken up into small and lean ways.
  • Instead huge and clumsy frameworks are built using agile ideas as brickstones.

Frustration among agile workers is growing. They feel the agile movement being subverted, diluted and perverted.

Instead of improving things, many people just succumb to the circumstances, because they deem the effort to be futile

Opinions abound and controversy is on the rise as proponents of different flavors of agility are clashing.

I feel “Disillusioned by Agile?” is the best suited title. It expresses the feelings of many. But it also questions their definiteness.

I want to help to ground the discussion to the original principles of agility. And I want to shine a light on the traps and pitfalls we tend to fall in, as we are living through agile transformations.

And I hope to make sense of all the controversial ideas that are thrown at us. Additionally I will provide you with some heuristics to judge your current situation.

At the same time I give you some hints on what you can do to obtain better results following the original agile principles in the messy reality we are living in.

You can contribute to the writing of this book when you signal your interest to do so. You can reach me at jiri DOT lundak AT red-pill DOT ch.

Jiri Lundak looks back on a long wealth of experience in agile practices. As a software engineer and long time agile coach in small and big companies, he knows what he is talking about.

In 2009 he  published “Agile Prozesse – Fallstricke erkennen und vermeiden” (in German) and comes back now with an updated English version, wrapping up experienes and tendencies of the last years and with many useful recepies to alleviate the pain of working in an agile environment.

The Practitioner’s Handbook will appear in spring 2023. Be informed and join the waiting list:

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