Agile – Where my Head’s At

Jeremy Deller in front of his Acid Brass Mind Map

Jeremy Deller’s Acid Brass Mind Map


Thanks to Karl Scotland, Agile Methods have been a part of my working practice since the turn of the century.  Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration, Refactoring and Collaboration with the Customer are fundamental to how I lead teams and write code myself.

Despite this I’ve found the term ‘Agile’ itself to be less and less useful.  At it’s worst it appears to be pretty much as the hilarious Half Arsed Agile Manifesto describes it.

More often than not it’s a shorthand for Scrum.  There is nothing wrong with Scrum of course.  I’ve found it hugely effective for delivering certain classes of project.  It also plays well with other methods and tools, something that resonates throughout Henrik Kniberg‘s  excellent ‘Lean from the Trenches’

Which kind of brings us to the point of this post and the picture of Jeremy Deller’s Acid Brass Mind Map at the top of the page.

I’ve finally got round to reading Change By Design, Tim Brown’s book on Design Thinking, having discovered it through the work of Gojko Adzic.

The more I read, the more it resonated with the things that inform and matter to me in my practice.  It shares the Kanban Method‘s humane agenda; like Real Options and Impact Mapping it seeks to generate possibilities and alternatives.  It’s emphasis on collaboration and co-creation with the customer are found in Systems Thinking and XP.

All of which lead me to make my own mind map to show the methods and tools that I learn from and work with:
Agile Mind Map

This is where my head’s at now.  The people, ideas, methods, tools and books that define how I work and what I value.

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