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Last Updated Aug 29, 2012 — Enterprise Agile Planning expert

If You Could Say 1 Thing Anonymously to Your President About Agile What Would it Be?

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This is a new question we’ve added to our annual State of Agile Development Survey, launched just over a week ago, and I’m chuckling at some of the answers coming in. I thought I’d share some of the good ones. Vote on your favorite and share this post.

If you enjoy the list enough to go take the survey yourself before September 4th, I’ll email you a $5 Starbucks gift card. Just notify me at after you have taken it, and I’ll hook you up.


“If you could say one thing to your company president about agile, without reprisal, what would you say?”



Told you it’d work. 🙂
Push it more, harder, and live it.
The flexibility that comes with agile is worth the adoption curve.
Dude, get us an Agile Coach, and listen to him!
Get on board – command and control is dead.
We should have moved earlier.
Going halfway (to agile) isn’t cutting it.
Open your eyes; it isn’t 1950 anymore!!
Listen to other people.
Being agile doesn’t mean scope creep is acceptable.
Need to be a vocal champion.
Agile works.
We should be doing more.
Please give this new process time to sink in.
Get rid of the bad apples.
We need to lead change, not follow.
Trust the team.
Agile works … try it.
Where is my automation?
Empower your teams to self organize.
Agile is not a process; it is a value system.
Simple to adapt. Easy to deliver final product.
Know your role!
Agile is not just a buzz word.
Why is it taking so long to adopt across the board?
Trust the process.
Why do you feel that agile is only about software development?
Adopt it embrace it.
Organize by teams and keep them together.
We say we are agile, but we aren’t agile.
Your CIO is only interested in promoting himself, not embracing agile, despite his claims of agility. (heh)
Agile works  – fast and fully.
Invest more in training your people.
Needs wider adoption.
It increases morale.
Give the teams some level of flexibility.
I wouldn’t do it any other way.
There are benefits of agile, but it is not silver bullet and one size does not fit all. Use agile as appropriate.
We need a better tool.
Give us some trust and support.
It’s about common sense.

The survey is only as good as the participation we get. Suck it up – it’s worth 10 minutes of your time! There’s even cooler stuff to win once you take the survey – a drawing for a MacBook Air, new iPad or Amazon gift card. What’cha waiting for?

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