Great agile quotes

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Tue, 17/03/2015 - 11:44

 

Three bloody roles, Scrum has, and only three. If you can’t get that right, don’t call it Scrum, OK?

- Ron Jeffries

 

When we are blind to systemic causes of problems, all the solutions we try will likely make matters worse.

- Esther Derby

 

If we have a fully defined backlog, we no longer have a true Agile Product Development situation. Instead, we have a project

- Ron Jeffries

 

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.

- Martin Fowler

 

The fact is, when you look at the best teams - like the ones that existed at Toyota or 3M when Takeuchi or Nonaka wrote their paper, or the ones at Google or Salesforce.com or Amazon today - there isn’t this separation of roles.

- Jeff Sutherland

 

First-time product owners need time, trust, and support to grow into their new role.

- Roman Pichler

 

The business changes. The technology changes. The team changes. The team members change. The problem isn't change, per se, because change is going to happen; the problem, rather, is the inability to cope with change when it comes.

- Kent Beck

 

If you are the only person on your Scrum team that can do a particular job, you should be fired.

- Jeff Sutherland

 

Any Scrum without working product at the end of a sprint is a failed Scrum.

- Jeff Sutherland

 

You can't be agile when you're knee-deep in mud

- Martin Fowler

 

If we try to hide the small failures so that nobody sees them, all they see is the large failures we can't hide.

- Yves Hanoulle

 

A sprint would only be a failure if the team didn’t deliver anything and didn’t learn from it.

- Mike Cohn

 

If your team wants to propose a 'technical story', I suggest they upgrade their skills until they no longer want to do that.

- Ron Jeffries

 

DevOps is not about learning each other's job, it's understanding the money is made when software is actually running in production

- Dave Mangot

 

...a team that gets really good at Scrum and another that gets really good at Kanban will be largely identical in practice.

- Mike Cohn

 

You can’t solve someone’s problem with code if you don’t understand their problem.

- Adam Haney, Bellhops

 

Being proud of 100% test coverage is like being proud of reading every word in the newspaper. Some are more important than others.

- Kent Beck

 

Scrum doesn't fix your problems. Scrum shows you your problems. You're supposed to fix the problems.

- Ron Jeffries

 

Remember: it's not the documentation that needs to be kept in sync, but the people

- George Dinwiddie

 

Goal: a strong culture of continuous improvement, driven from below and supported from above.

- Henrik Kniberg

 

Real Agile is about paying attention to what happens, and dealing with it. Do that.

- Ron Jeffries

 

Focus on effectiveness first, then efficiency.

- Henrik Kniberg


 

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