There’s no such thing as doing Agile

I am amused by this advertisement released by Nintendo in 1990.

There's no such thing as a Nintendo

which inspired me to do something similar for the word ‘agile’.

There's no such thing as doing Agile

Here’s a link to Prag Dave’s advice.

Do me a favour and print my poster out in A3 and put it on your office wall. Here’s a pdf version.

Author: Alister Scott

Alister is an Excellence Wrangler for Automattic.

3 thoughts on “There’s no such thing as doing Agile”

  1. I’ve often fought the term “pure agile”; as in “we’re not pure agile”. My response is usually “there’s no such thing. Agile is not a Noun, it is a spectrum and you simply fall somewhere on the spectrum.” Using your poster and PragDave’s suggestions I now have some wonderful responses to get people thinking better about how they develop software with agility.


  2. I have to disagree, I think there IS a good way to know if your team is “agile”, and it’s Elisabeth Hendrickson’s “Agile Acid Test”:
    _Agile teams produce a continuous stream of value, at a sustainable pace, while adapting to the changing needs of the business._

    Read more at, I think she really captured it. I’ve been using this since she came up with it. To achieve the “sustainable pace” is the trickiest part, and teams have to experiment to find ways to get better at it over time.

    I wish she had a poster with the agile acid test!


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