Monday, September 17, 2007

Why Agile Projects Fail?

This Article posted in InfoQ discusses about the reasons some projects who adopt Agile Methodology fail.

Most reasons end up concluding: people are the problem. Not the process, not the tools. People.

Is this really true? People who "lead" an Agile Project to failure would lead a RUP Project to failure as well?

In my opinion, the Agilists set their basis on a competence that is harder and harder to find through professionals: Proactivity! And I don't mean that only to the developers or Project Managers. Almost every colleague of mine, no matter where he/she works, complains about lack of proactivity in their team, boss, colleagues etc.

According to the Websters Dictionary:
Proactive: "acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes". Everything you need from your team in one sentence.

Technical skills may be trained. Proactivity may not. It belongs to the human being and his profile. Either you have it, or you don't. Learning how to identify this competence still while interviewing candidates is fundamental for the team development. Learn how to do it, and you will build a great team!


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