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SDN Event (Houten, The Netherlands. June 2009)

Tomorrow, June 26, I will be doing a talk at the SDN Event at Hotel Houten in Houten (see

This talk will be dealing with the many anti-patterns that surround agile software development. Unfortunately, the session description for my talk is not entirely up-to-date. So I’ll repeat it here. Better safe then sorry. Hope to meet you all tomorrow in Houten.

Agile anti-patterns. Yes, agile projects can fail too.

After a dozen years of promoting and evangelizing agile software development in the current years of economic unpredictability a breakthrough in applying agile processes and techniques is emerging. But with the rising popularity of Scrum, MSF Agile, OpenUP, Smart, XP, Lean, FDD and the likes, it’s not only success stories any more. Similar to failing traditional waterfall projects there patterns of failure emerging from agile projects too.


During this highly entertaining and educational talk speaker Sander Hoogendoorn will guide his audience through the best practices of agile, but moreover will present you with a large number of misconceptions and pitfalls that have surrounded agile projects, in the hope that you will be able to avoid failure, to avoid your manager saying: “This Scrum thing is not for us, it’s too predictable. We’ll just go back to how we worked before.” Patterns such as Scrumdamentalist, Trojan Rigidity, Bob-the-Builder (revisited), Process People, Sit-Down Meetings, huge cases and mis-user stories, and Huddle will pass, illustrated with many real life examples, and visualized in clear pictures.