Agile Myths

Several Agile myths have been floating around in the industry. Below listed are some of the common ones:

No Planning

  • Agile methods generally conduct more planning than traditional methods starting from

Vision > Roadmap > Release > Iteration > Daily planning (daily Standup)

 

No Estimating

  • Agile methods use a different method of determing how long a piece of work will take
  • Relative sizing is used in Agile
  • Sizing happens at story level in story points and at tasks level in hours.

 

No Documentation

  • Agile Values Working software over comprehensive documentation. Meaning no irrelevant documents. Create documents only if they add value.

 

No Visibility beyond the iteration

Agile provides broad visibility through the following artifacts:

  • Roadmap plans
  • Release plans
  • Product backlog
  • Release Backlog
  • Release BurnUp/Burn down
  • Team Velocity etc

 

Agile is a silver bullet

If you have problems with your development team, making a switch to Agile will not fix them, instead it will make them appear to be more broken.

  • Developers that don’t code well will break the build more often
  • Team with poor communication will communicate poorly more often.
  • Defects will be injected more often and quality issues will appear to be everywhere

The value of Agile is not that it fixes your problems, but that it exposes them early enough to allow the team time to get them fixed.

 

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Agile Certifications

Agile is being implemented the world over now and thus the demand of people proficient in agile methodologies is also skyrocketing. To meet this need several agile certifications are offered by different organizations, some of the major ones are listed below:

Project Management Institute (PMI) Offers:

  • ACP: Agile Certified Practitioner

 

Scrum Certifications:

Scrum Alliance offers:

  • CSM – CertifiedScrumMaster
  • CSPO – CertifiedScrumProductOwner
  • CSD – CertifiedScrumDeveloper
  • CSP – CertifiedScrumProfessional
  • CSC – CertifiedScrumCoach
  • CEC – CertifiedEnterpriseCoach
  • CST – CertifiedScrumTrainer

 

Scrum.org offers:

  • PSD-I: Professional Scrum Developer – I
  • PSPO-I: Professional Scrum Product Owner – I
  • PSPO-II: Professional Scrum Product Owner – II
  • PSM-I: Professional Scrum Master – I
  • PSM-II: Professional Scrum Master – II
  • PSM-III: Professional Scrum Master – III
  • SPS – Scaled Professional Scrum

 

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) certifications:

  • SAFe Agilist (SA)
  • SAFe Practitioner (SP)
  • SAFe Scrum Master (SSM)
  • SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)
  • SAFe Product Manager / Product Owner (PMPO)
  • SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)
  • SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT)
  • SAFe Product Manager/Product Owner (SPMPO)   

 

Xtreme Programming (XP) certifications:

  • Professional Scrum Developer – I (PSD-I) from Scrum.org 
  • Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) from Scrum Alliance

 

Kanban certifications:

Although Kanban certifications are too famous but Lean Kanban University offers several Kanban certifications. 

 

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