I like Mike Cottmeyer’s 30 second elevator speech on what agile is basically about. Mike points out 3 key things:
- A set of engineering best practices that allow for rapid delivery of high-quality software.
- A project management process that encourages frequent inspection and adaptation.
- A leadership philosophy that encourages team work and accountability.
Wrong, or right, its a description in 30 seconds that gets your foot in the door. Slamming a 300 page book entitled Agile Software Development on management’s desk just doesn’t work.
Baby steps people… Changing or improving the software development process doesn’t happen overnight. Start with the foot in the door.