Disruption in Agile—Not a Question of if, But When

November 23, 2013 Russ Fletcher

Guest Post by Russ Fletcher, Davisbase Consulting

Since the development of the Agile Manifesto, agile has been heavily focused on “community.”  As a VP, trainer and coach for Davisbase Consulting, I am a huge believer in the power of community. I’ve taught this at countless agile events and, in fact, have been asked to deliver a keynote talk to the agile community in a couple of weeks at Agilepalooza Austin.

What’s the big deal about community? We’ve long been protected by a combination of our philosophy and our grassroots status. Now that agile development is much more mainstream, we need to be aware of the disruption it can cause to traditional software thinking.

That’s right; I said disruption.

Agile itself was born of disruption. Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland got it started in Austin with the development of scrum.  Scrum development was a disruption to the way things have always run, and then it became the ‘next big thing.’ We in the agile community should be paying attention to the fact that someone else is going to come along and deliver software in a way that is better, cheaper. They will alter the market and (if you aren’t paying attention) your company’s bottom line.  Knowledge of disruption’s presence and preparation for its arrival are essential to weathering it.

If you want valuable tips on how to do this, catch my talk, titled “The Agile Dilemma–How Disruption May Come to be the Ultimate Disruptive Influence.” The name sounds a bit chaotic, and perhaps the opposite of what agilists do every day.  But bear with me. I’ll discuss the theory of disruption as authored by Clayton Christensen in his book “The Innovator’s Dilemma” and apply it to agile.  I’ll also identify what to look for in anticipation of disruption.

Join me for this exciting gathering of the “minds of agile.” Agilepalooza Austin takes place on Friday, December 6 at the AT&T Conference Center.  Agilepalooza is great opportunity to get together with like-thinking people to continue to improve and overcome disruption in agile. It will be a small group setting so you’ll have relaxed access to myself and the other speakers at lunch or in between sessions. The users are mostly local folks who may or may not know each other.  Some of the most thought-provoking moments at Agilepalooza often come from these participants as they ponder process issues, development topics and scaling methodologies among themselves.

Register for Agilepalooza Austin here or reach out to Dan Naden, Community Manager of VersionOne at Dan.Naden@versionone.com for more details.  Hope to see you there!

More info available from our friends at Davisbase Consulting on their blog: http://www.davisbase.com/blog/

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