Avoiding the Snare of "Cargo Cult" Agile

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Avoiding the Snare of "Cargo Cult" Agile

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Posted March 31, 2015 in Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence Cutter Business Technology Journal


We use the term "cargo cults" to describe teams whose activities look and feel Agile to the casual observer, and have some of the trappings (e.g., daily stand-ups, periodic planning), but are not supported by a corresponding adherence to Agile principles. Often these teams are simply carrying on as they always did but using the camouflage of Agile terminology to mask the lack of change.