The importance of transparency in Agile software development cannot be overstated. In some organizations it is not easy to be transparent and open. There is a lot of pressure to say what the business wants to hear. But I believe, in the long run, that a lack of transparency hurts an Agile team, the project, and the company. Having seen first-hand organizations that claim they want “openness” but then don’t listen or, worse, punish those who are open, I can say that true transparency is not easy. But it is critical to the success of Agile software development and worth the effort.
Story 1: Lack of Commitment
I was fortunate enough to work on an amazing project at a major entertainment company. The project ...