Next time you have an idea and it gets rejected, I want you to think of these emails. …rather than the statistically far more likely possibility that it’s a crappy idea.
Periodically, people ask whether Agile is a cargo-cult. The simple answer is – yes. Because everything is to some degree. People find something that works and they attempt to make it work for things that it was not designed for. It’s a natural strategy to try and sometimes it works. But we shouldn’t be surprised when it falls short. Sometimes different problems require completely different solutions. Scale may be one of those problems.
True story: I once worked on a project where I was told from the outset that “we probably will not use your code”. This was back when I worked at a big defense contractor. There were negotiations under way for an expanded contract that would obviate the work I was doing, if it were signed. […]