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Maverick* Research: Stop Swinging the Agile Hammer at Things That Aren’t Nails

Published: 12 March 2020

ID: G00467289

Analyst(s): Joe Maguire

Summary

Agility improves software. But not all IT deliverables are software. Data and analytics technical professionals must apply agility selectively. This document shows how to adapt agility to non-software endeavors like data management. (Maverick research exposes unconventional thinking and advice.)

Table Of Contents
  • Specific Maverick Caution
  • Maverick Findings
  • Maverick Recommendations

*Maverick Research

Analysis

  • Searching for Evidence of the Problem: An Easy Task
  • Everything Is Not Software Development, and Vice Versa
  • Data Management Is Not Software Development, and Vice Versa
  • Case Study: Data Management and Agility
    • Say “No” to Agility
    • Say “Yes” to Agility
    • Technician, Heal Thyself
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

  • Articulate First Principles for Your Profession
  • Interpret the First Principles of Your Profession
    • Data Is a Cultural Phenomenon
    • Data Has Patterns
    • Data Exists Independent of the Processes That Manipulate It
    • Data Has a Life Cycle
    • Humans Form Taxonomies From the Middle Layers Outward
    • Humans Are Comfortable With Various Metamodels
    • Data Management Professionals Deliver Data
    • Human Rules About Data Fall Along a Spectrum
  • Interpret the Agile Manifesto and Agile Principles
    • Value: Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools
    • Value: Working Software Over Comprehensive Documentation
    • Value: Customer Collaboration Over Contract Negotiation
    • Value: Responding to Change Over Following a Plan
    • Principle: Highest Priority Is Software
    • Principle: Welcome Changing Requirements
    • Principle: Deliver Working Software Frequently
    • Principle: Business People and Developers Must Work Together
    • Principle: Build Projects Around Motivated Individuals
    • Principle: Use Face-to-Face Conversation
    • Principle: Working Software Is the Primary Measure of Success
    • Principle: Agile Processes Promote Sustainable Development
    • Principle: Continuous Attention to Technical Excellence
    • Principle: Simplicity Is Essential
    • Principle: Use Self-Organizing Teams
    • Principle: At Regular Intervals, the Team Reflects, Then Improves
  • Update Your Practices

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