The agile triangle

I have seen and heard a lot of discussions regarding whether Agile-frameworks like SAFe, LeSS, DAD, Enterprise Scrum, etc is agile or not.

Some parts of the agile community tend to be very anal in their perception of these frameworks.

My interpretation of these peoples thoughts, is that they see the agile world almost like the traditional and terrible cost-time-scope triangle, but replacing it with a people-culture-<insert framework here> triangle.

And then saying that you can’t have a constant in that triangle, like the <framework>.

You should of course not see or refer to the frameworks as a constant, more as a good idea on how to do, or a smart quick-start with an out-of-the-box solution.

But of course, as Peter Drucker once famously said:

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”

Learning and understanding the principles and core values of lean and agile, is of essence in an lean-agile implementation/transition.

A framework is not a silver bullet in any sense, or as my good friend and colleague Andreas Rowell once said:

“It is all about the context, context and context. There are no such thing as best practices – practices are good or bad depending on the context. Experience tells the difference.”

I agree that no framework in the the world will make you agile or lean, but they might give you a pretty good platform to evolve from.