Agile For Non-Code Writing Projects And Organizations. Agile project methodology is not just for code writers anymore. Or so says Ryn Melberg on her weekly podcast, The Guardian. The Guardian podcast can be heard at www.rynmelberg.com, on iTunes, or on Sound Cloud. There are parts of Agile that can be used in all types of organizations and situations with great success. There are even Kanban practices that can be used in families with to improve communications among family members.
Part of the broad appeal of Agile is how widely it can be applied. “There are examples in both health care and manufacturing where certain Agile principles are very worthwhile,” Melberg said. “Prototypes in manufacturing is one example. A company can get that fast, frequent feedback based on a prototype or series of prototypes before they have to invest and scale up.”
Principles and Practice
Agile is as much about principles as it is practice, according to Melberg. Agile is even being taught in some business schools. Use of Agile leads to high predictability. The practices are so well studied and documented that outcomes can be predicted reasonably well. On the other hand, purists will struggle with this as they believe Agile was intended for software. Another value of Agile asks, what was the value I delivered yesterday and how will I do that again today? “What about adding value,” she asked. “Purists or software writer or whatever, who could be against delivering a better value for the customer?”
Resistant To Feedback
Agile will not deliver changes in attitudes or culture. It is up to the individual. However, there are rituals to facilitate those conversations and let someone articulate what they have in mind. “Everyone wants to be heard,” Melberg said. “Using the built in ceremonies from Agile allows for those people to express themselves and get feedback. But for those who are resistant to coaching and feedback, there is no cure with even the built in structure of Agile.”