Beware of Agile software development experts who are pseudo-Masters, said Agile Manifesto co-signer Jon Kern, who will dissect today’s burgeoning “I hate Agile” movement at TheServerSide Java Symposium next week. The current backlash against Agile can be placed partially on the heads of under-trained, under-experienced Agile coaches, Scrum Masters and the like, as well as the quick-fix-it attitudes of the organizations that hire them. In general, many expect miracle results if Agile tenets are followed rigidly, an approach that’s opposite of the flexible way Agile should be practiced.
“There are about 100,000 certified Scrum masters out there now,” said Java and Agile development veteran Kern in a recent TheServerSide.com interview. “So, part of me says, ‘Great, there are people out there drumming the Agile message.’ But, then, part of me says, ‘Are they really masters? Or, do they just have a couple of days of training under their belts?”
In this interview, Kern discusses how the Agile leadership problem came to be and ways to avoid leadership-driven Agile software project failures. Kern is co-author of the Agile Manifesto for Software Development and the book, Java Design: Building Better Apps and Applets.
Read the full interview here: Jon Kern takes on the anti-agile movement
By the way, it's not too late to register for TSSJS 2011. It starts on Wednesday, so don't delay!