Director, Software Development, Audible.com
Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can’t imagine a …
Recently, one of my teams received a mandate to align its sprint calendar with other teams in the organization, effective immediately. I say “mandate” because it wasn’t really a request or a suggestion; it was clearly put forth as a constraint on the team. The team (and I’ll admit I felt the same way) immediately had an allergic reaction; prescribing arbitrary rules from on high to an Agile team completely misses the point of the process, and hurts the self-organizing advantage of Agile. They immediately asked me what to do with this mandate. Their inclination was to ignore it, or minimally comply with it, but not to embrace it without a good reason.