Great Agile Quotes

Posted on the 17 March 2015 by Barnaby Golden @BarnabyGolden

Great agile quotes

"Three bloody roles, Scrum has, and only three. If you can’t get that right, don’t call it Scrum, OK?"

- Ron Jeffries

"If we have a fully defined backlog, we no longer have a true Agile Product Development situation. Instead, we have a project"

- Ron Jeffries

"When we are blind to systemic causes of problems, all the solutions we try will likely make matters worse."

- Esther Derby

“If you're good at the debugger it means you spent a lot of time debugging. I don't want you to be good at the debugger.”

- Robert C. Martin

“It is not enough for code to work.”

- Robert C. Martin

"Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand."

- Martin Fowler

“The fact is, when you look at the best teams - like the ones that existed at Toyota or 3M when Takeuchi or Nonaka wrote their paper, or the ones at Google or or Amazon today - there isn’t this separation of roles.”

- Jeff Sutherland

"First-time product owners need time, trust, and support to grow into their new role."

- Roman Pichler

"The business changes. The technology changes. The team changes. The team members change. The problem isn't change, per se, because change is going to happen; the problem, rather, is the inability to cope with change when it comes."

- Kent Beck

"If you are the only person on your Scrum team that can do a particular job, you should be fired."

- Jeff Sutherland

"Any Scrum without working product at the end of a sprint is a failed Scrum."

- Jeff Sutherland

"You can't be agile when you're knee-deep in mud"

- Martin Fowler

“If we try to hide the small failures so that nobody sees them, all they see is the large failures we can't hide.”

- Yves Hanoulle

"A sprint would only be a failure if the team didn’t deliver anything and didn’t learn from it."

- Mike Cohn

"If your team wants to propose a 'technical story', I suggest they upgrade their skills until they no longer want to do that. ..."

- Ron Jeffries

"DevOps is not about learning each other's job, it's understanding the money is made when software is actually running in production"

- Dave Mangot

"...a team that gets really good at Scrum and another that gets really good at Kanban will be largely identical in practice."

- Mike Cohn

Picture courtesy of Christian Ferrari


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