It is great that we have the choice now of "really agile" companies, still far too few of them, where we can focus less on fixing dysfunction etc, and can concentrate more on creating great products, and perhaps less agile companies, who have at least noticed a need for improvement in some area and are starting to experiment with some ideas based on agile values. They are great for those of us who get a kick out of watching others improve. For me it is enough to see mention of agile or scrum or even test automation in a job description or on a company website to see they are at least starting out with agile and might need my help. (Espoused Values however I would ignore, they tend to be the same vapid, uncontroversial, string of positive buzzwords, regardless of the method they use for developing their software and are disconnected from the day to day management decisions anyway)
As far as companies who are "not at all" agile, I think they are easy to spot, and the market will take care of them anyway.
I agree with Boris and I also agree with you, Kurt.
As I mentioned in my blog post, the issue is - at its core - a cultural question. It is indeed not about the agility of a company, but about the question "do I fit into the culture of a specific company"? I assume this question to be answered highly individual. I am even sure, that there are people on earth that would not want to work in a "truly agile" company.
So: You are totally right. Anybody should find the company, he would love to work with.
My view on Boris' comment: Totally right, too. But reality is as it is. Companies do currently consider fast job switching as a bad thing. Thus, it might be helpful to evaluate companies you want to join at least a little in advance. And hereby my blog post might be of some use...
- Accenture Technology SolutionsSoftware Engineering Team Lead, 2014 - present
- Consultant and Trainer, 2013 - 2013
- ETECTURE GmbHIT Project Manager, 2012 - 2013
* Helping non Software Development departments also make improvements that support the "agile/lean" culture.
- University of AberdeenMSc Software Project Management, 2008 - 2011Agile and Lean approaches to Software Project Management (Also Evo, ToC etc)
- University of CanterburyBSc Computer Science, 1998 - 2000Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Software Engineering etc.
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