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Top 10 Agile Changes Over the Past 10 Years

Dr. Mark Balbes, Director for WWT Application Services, authored a blog for ADTMag discussing agile changes in the past 10 years.

Dr. Mark Balbes, Director for WWT Application Services, authored a blog for ADTMag, discussing agile changes in the past 10 years.

Posted by ADTmag on November 2, 2017:

I recently celebrated 10 years at WWT. Don't believe me? I have the bobblehead to prove it! And while 10 years is a long time, it feels like only a single decade.

I thought I'd use this opportunity to reflect back on what's changed in the agile world. So here it is. My list of 10 things that have changed (or not) over the last 10 years.

  1. Enterprise Agile Has Become a Thing: Agile used to be about teams. Now everyone is talking about SAFe, LeSS, DaD, and other enterprise agile frameworks that try to coordinate work and releases across multiple teams.
  2. Framework-Less Agile Is Not a Thing: We used to try to discover new ways of working. As teams got larger, we experimented to see what techniques we could adopt to mitigate the problems. Now everyone wants to use a framework. Frameworks are good starting points if they can solve some immediate problems. But they are not the end state. They are just the starting point for innovation.
  3. Agile 2.0 Is a Thing: 10 years ago, the Agile Manifesto was the reference point everyone agreed to. Now, everyone is asking if the manifesto is out of date. New manifestos are springing up either to replace the original or augment it.
  4. Software Craftsmanship Is a Thing: The ninth principle of the agile manifesto is "Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility." Now the ideas this principle spawned have rolled up under their own movement with their own manifesto.
  5. DevOps Is a Thing: The first principle of the agile manifesto is "Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software." In pursuit of this over the last 10 years, the DevOps movement has grown and flourished.

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