We continue to transverse the Agile “matrix.”  While the next five indicators that you are living a virtual version of Agile there is always hope that we can see through the mirage.  Quoting the Morpheus in the Matrix,

Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”

The next five indications that you are living in the virtual Agile world are:

10. Planning Solitaire – Planning individually comes in two flavors.  1) The planner who plans for the team and then hands the work out. And, 2) individual team members plan work and then report back as a fait accompli.  Both scenarios abandon the value of the diversity team planning delivers.  As important, planning individually breaks the bond of teamwork so that if anyone gets in trouble there is very little inter-team esprit de corps.

9. Metrics Hammer – This is using metrics as a battering ram to change behavior. It is a truism in management circles that you get what you measure. That truism is often translated into using measurement as a broad tool to guide behavior rather than a tool generate the correct questions.  Management demanding improvement on metrics such as velocity ignores context.

8. Counter Help — Counter help is when product owners are not part of the team, which leads the team to act as order takers.  The false perspective can be played by someone on the team can play the product ownership roles leads to barriers between software development and those expressing a need. Product owners need to be part and parcel of the team so that the needs of the business are represented. Lack of involvement leads to rework and solutions that don’t meet the need of an organization or are not value oriented.

7. Faking It — This is doing Agile without embracing the philosophy.  Often known as doing versus being, this leads practitioners to abandon Agile when things get tough.  Embracing the philosophy makes the Agile transformation more resilient.

6. Experi-phobia — is learned when experimenting or making any perceived mistake is career limiting.  Agile is built on the concept of doing, inspecting and adapting. If the concept of inspecting and adapting is constrained by having to be correct the first time, it doesn’t fit within the philosophy of Agile.

Being Agile requires many organizations to change how they view the world, people, teams and how value is delivered.  Sometimes it is easier to pretend to change than to actually change.  The first ten indicators that you are living in a virtual Agile world (20 – 16 and 15 – 11) in addition these five are just part of the iceberg.  Next the tip of the iceberg!