We all know that switching to Agile will solve all our problems. We can almost guarantee that adopting agile will be rewarded by a million per cent increase in productivity and ensure that we never miss a deadline ever again. It's all so fresh and buzzwordy - how can there be a downside?
Unfortunately, as with everything, this is not quite the case. Agile when utilised properly can have a positive effect on productivity, it can go some way to helping make deadlines easier to hit. But when used badly, it can have completely the opposite effect.
There are a number of problems, or 'smells', we have identified in the Agile process that could be having a negative impact on all your good intentions. Here we outline some of the smells you may find in various elements of the agile process and give you some tips on how to spot and eradicate them. (more...)