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3 misconceptions CIOs have about agile

Sharon Florentine | April 27, 2016
Agile is making great headway in the enterprise, but some common misconceptions persist -- and what’s worse is they are held by IT leaders.

This is an area where a coach, trainer or scrum master can be helpful in trying to address and quell that fear and uncertainty, according to Gonzalez. The organizations that have been more successful with agile and scrum are those that have managed and reduced fear and uncertainty within management ranks and worked hard to reimagine what role managers and executives have in the development process.

Shifting gears and setting goals

"There's a misconception that agile and scrum is going to be simple … but it's not easy. The principles and the tenets of the agile manifesto are straightforward and easy to understand, but difficult to integrate. It has to be a complete mindset shift in the way an entire organization, from the bottom to top, from executives to the entry-level developers, approach their careers, their jobs and their roles," says Dave West, product owner, Scrum.org.

It's more than just sending a few people to training, or getting a certification, or even hiring a coach or trainer to come in and drive transformation in the company, West says. It has to start with a shift in mindset away from traditional waterfall approaches and toward a completely different agile mindset of iteration and collaboration.

"Just because someone comes back from training doesn't mean they're going to come back and instantly the whole organization is going to be more efficient and effective. It takes time to both really understand the tenets of agile and scrum, to apply them in the organization, and to grow the practice holistically. Eventually, you'll get there, but holistically, it's going to take a while," West says.

 

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