In its recently published report “Digital Government – Turning Rhetoric into Reality,” Boston Consulting Group (BCG) made a number of interesting observations. Some of these are familiar, others less so.
The main conclusion of the report is that governments across Europe are getting better at delivering digital services but most countries (including the UK) are not moving nearly as quickly as users would like. Many are “overwhelmed with complexity and slowed by bureaucratic scepticism.”
The Agile Business Conference 14 was held on 8th and 9th October in London. This year’s tag line was Agile the Next Frontier. When I read that I was in two minds. Firstly it made me feel like the part of the crew of the USS Enterprise boldly going where no man had gone before, exploring the universe and making things better for mankind. How fantastic. But then I thought again and realised I had been doing this for 15 years, three times the mission length Kirk undertook, and the world still hadn’t got it! How frustrating.
It’s been a while since CAST 2014 now but even though I wasn’t there in person, some of the keynotes still resonate deeply. Once of those is Dr. Carol Strohecker’s presentation about Moving from STEM to STEAM.
“That is utterly fallacious!”
Not a phrase one usually hears in a business meeting and indeed a few eyebrows jumped in response.
But my heartfelt outburst was in response to hearing, yet again, one of the great Agile myths. One that refuses to die. Namely, “We’re Agile: we don’t do documentation”
The human mind is truly amazing! Sometimes you see or hear something you find so profound that it enters your head and never leaves. As my colleagues will testify, in my case its nearly always something that I find of great interest but actually has no value at all. For example, changing a few chemical bonds in margarine can result in an explosive far more destructive than TNT. Interesting, but pretty useless.
IndigoBlue is delighted to have been short-listed as a finalist in the BCS and Computing UK IT Industry Awards.
On September 10th I'll be presenting a webinar entitled Commitment in an Uncertain World - Agile Estimation, Planning and Contingency Management, which will be presented in conjunction with Unicom and the 2014 Agile Business Conference.
I recently attended a round-table event in which one attendee described Agile as, “making it up as you go along”. When challenged she responded, “I was just being facetious”. Interestingly the description was repeated later in evening, presumably to be doubly-facetious.
A guest blog by James Blackstock.
A couple of years ago I had an interesting role fixing a scaled Agile project, which had gone horribly wrong. In the short-term, I decided to kill Agile in the group. Now to many this sounds rather extreme and please understand I am a huge Agile proponent! The problem was that Agile had become the excuse, and not the solution to many problems facing the team.