Eight Guiding Values
Even teams with good skills, appropriate technologies, and posters of the Agile Manifesto on the wall can have trouble. Giving into temptation is often the cause. Guiding values are what keep us on the straight and narrow path in the face of temptation. Teams that have strong internalized values will stick to or invent good Agile practices while teams without them will drift into the ditch.
In this talk, I’ll present what I think of as the most important guiding values:
- working software
- being reactive
- fast feedback
This is a straight talk. (Later: note in comments below that Lisa Crispin prompted an idea for a workshop that might follow it.) I’ve already given a version of it as the keynote at Agile Software Development in November 2008.
That version was well received. It got a 9.4/10 rating from attendees.
The Agile2009 will not be a repeat of ASD2008. I may even change some of the values.
I think this talk would be a good fit for the Main Stage.
- paying attention to values
- a heightened emphasis on ease of work
- several illustrative stories to retell
- the phrase “yak shaving”