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An agile pioneer versus an 'agile ruined my life' critic

Paul Krill | March 22, 2011
The two's public argument led to friendship and mutual support of agile development, which they say has been misunderstood

Markham added he has probably watched 100 teams struggle with agile adoption and worked with other coaches who have witnessed the same thing. "I think perhaps one of the reasons my article resonated so well was that it was from a knowledgeable person inside the community, somebody who has spent a lot of time teaching this stuff. Not from a simple naysayer. As my article tried to show, it's not the core of agile that is the problem -- it's the half-assed way we've taken people who couldn't code their way out of a paper bag and made them experts that is the problem. ... Some of these guys who are famous authors and speakers wouldn't be worth a plug-nickel on a real, live delivery team. The buzz has lost sight of reality."


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