The Athletic Guide to Agile – 360Flex

I just got back from 360Flex in Denver, what an awesome time.  I highly recommend attending a 360Flex Conference.

My presentation was “The Athletic Guide to Agile.”  The premise of the presentation was to explain Agile using a metaphor.  The metaphor for this presentation was sports.  It had become obvious to me, over the years, that the explanation of Agile was becoming convoluted and confusing for some.  The problem I saw was people trying to relate Agile principles to Waterfall, something they already knew.  Agile and Waterfall don’t really relate. So I thought that maybe it was time to change that and try and relate Agile to something completely different than Waterfall.

I am still refining the athletic metaphor for introducing Agile, and I have a few other metaphors in the works as well.  Here is the presentation slide deck:

Download - Athletic Guide To Agile – AdrianPomilio

Photos – Yogi sayin it all

Video - not yet available

It is important to understand that this was a live presentation, and it covers many areas of Agile but not every aspect.  The areas that I cover are the parts that cause a bit of confusion.  I am always looking for feedback so please feel free to leave comments.

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