Agile anti-patterns at CodeMotion Madrid

Many organizations turn towards agile to escape failing traditional software development. Due to this increase in popularity, many newcomers enter the field. Without the necessary real-life experience but proudly waving certificates from two days of training.

During a challenging talk I did at the CodeMotion conference in Madrid, in October 2013, I tried to show what happens to projects that are coached by ill-experienced coaches, and how to move around anti-patterns as Scrumdamentalism, Dogmatic Agile, Bob-the-Builder, Agile Hippies, Kindergarten Agile and Scrumman. Basically the message is: don’t be dogmatic, and assemble the agile approach that suits your project.

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The slides!

A lot of people asked me about the slide deck, so here it is. Please note that I did a shorter version of the talk (which is basically 90 minutes of material) at CodeMotion. However I thought I’d made the whole thing available here.


Last but not least, thanks for all the great feedback guys, a short summary:

  • ‏@daviddezglez No doubt. Yesterday @aahoogendoorn ‘s talk was the best #codemotion #es. True agilism. We have to use the thinks that works (not to be cool).
  • ‏@Codekai @aahoogendoorn You killed it yesterday! Great talk.
  • @daviddiazgismer @aahoogendoorn awesome presentation today, kudos! and the interesting discussion afterwards…
  • ‏@aitorTheRed @aahoogendoorn #codemotion #es only way it can be improved, would be for you to play the guitar while giving the speech.
  • @gfcalderon @aahoogendoorn Best talk of the  day, everything is clearer now,  thanks so much.
  • @sbgermanm @aahoogendoorn also great fun attending it. Great talk, thanks #codemotion.
  • @manuelcr Great talk of @aahoogendoorn about agile in #codemotion #es
  • @RellikCC @aahoogendoorn Really cool talk, very enjoyable.
  • @wnohang Great talk on #agile by @aahoogendoorn at #codemotion #es. Let’s do do some code!
  • @gogomca Excellent talk about “Agile Antipatterns” by @aahoogendoorn un #codemotion. First one that I really enjoy.
  • @odracirnumira Great speech of @aahoogendoorn at @codemotion_es . Agile antipatterns.
  • @RellikCC Hey @aahoogendoorn, my friend @kaseyo23 is really angry because he missed your talk, what can I do about it?