Massive UK government IT-program ditches Agile in favor for Waterfall

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]

About swdevperestroika

High tech industry veteran, avid hacker reluctantly transformed to mgmt consultant.
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