Chapter 26. The Agile Metamorphosis


This is the culmination of many faddish ideas for producing software more efficiently. But behind it lies a healthy emphasis on the virtues of teamwork in a business plagued with prima donnas.

 --The Economist, “Agility Counts”

Metamorphosis, from the Greek, means to transform, literally to “form differently.” Metamorphoses, a poem written by the Roman poet Ovid, chronicles a series of stories based on Greek myths in which the characters undergo personal transformations. Software people are in the middle of such a metamorphosis—we are caterpillars struggling to become butterflies.

With such a metamorphosis under way, we are left with a simple question: Can we differentiate Agile from non-Agile ecosystems? If ...

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