DWP, UK Department of Work and Pensions, drops Agile for its £2B Universal Credit program.
I find it amazing, amuzing, ironic as well as sad to continuously having to observe our industry’s desperate search for the next silver bullet, regardless of that bullet being a novel process, method, tool,programming language, or general IT-architecture. That sort of thinking is based on a belief that “as soon as we have introduced and mastered <insert your current favorite silver bullet/buzz word here>, we will really take off big time…. (into the Cloud, perhaps….? 😉
As long as Agile, Lean, Kanban or whatever are seen more as deterministic and rigid “methods” or “processes”, step-by-step sequences of execution instructions to exchangable human automations, asop to a “philosophy”, or “way-of-life”, without taking into account the quality and motivation of people, failure will prevail, regardless of which silver bullet is tried.
[thanks to the Prof for the pointer]