Saturday, February 26, 2011

Curing distributed Agile Illnesses: Diagnosis

In my session on 'When Agile Offshoring fails' at AgileNCR this Saturday I decided to harvest ideas from the attendees on different illnesses. The results were beyond my expectations; in this blog I will share a few of them and give a few preliminary comments on the result. The general plan is described better with the following diagram.

First I would ask the attendees to come up and write down all the symptoms related to failing distributed agile teams on a sticky. These we put on one part of the walls of the room. Then I would ask them to write causes for symptoms on stickies and put them on another part of the wall. Finally we would all try to come up with a possible mitigation for each cause. It worked beautifully, let me show you.