Dec 192011

Last year, my colleagues and I predicted various changes: an increase in this, a let-up in that. I finally understand why I have been struggling to come up with my 2012 prediction: I am just not seeing any changes. Let me elaborate on this for my specialty — Agile/Lean software development.

I predict that many organizations worldwide will continue to adopt Agile. Most of them will do so with no expert guidance, with ho-hum results, and with little understanding of why they got those results. People will continue to get their Agile skills certified while others rail against the value and implication of those certificates. Companies will still rely on head hunters to hire Agile coaches, and wonder why those coaches can’t seem to straighten out their Agile implementation. Organizations will continue to agonize over micro-estimation of detailed backlogs. They will continue to spend a pretty penny on “adding bodies” to projects riddled with technical debt, while not investing in the skills and habits their developers need to reduce or avoid increasing such debt. Managers will continue to use language like “We just hired a resource in development” without investing proper attention in the hired person. And downsizings will continue until morale improves.

[Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]


Gil Broza

Gil Broza is a Senior Consultant with Cutter's Agile Product & Project Management practice. He helps organizations, teams, and individuals implement high-performance agile principles and practices.


  2 Responses to “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

  1. Great prevision,

    “Cela évolue tout de même!”
    I fully agree with you and will add this.
    Agile adoption is expanding and now Agile is looking for a new way to maturity.

    Some interesting crossovers situations are emerging: PMI + Agile, Prince 2 + Agile, Hermes+Agile.
    Why? because the generation of graduate students are willing to use agile techniques like in Switzerland where new hires are willing to make Scrum instead Hermes framework.

  2. avatar

    A favorite quote (I don’t know who to attribute to, though):
    “Things are the way they are because they got that way.”

    An analogue of the popular
    “fix problems not blame.”

    So, what are we gonna do about it?

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