If you can hear this, you are the resistance.
I’m going to make a bold statement. Traditional development is dead in the software industry, but it just doesn’t know it yet.
A rebellion was started long ago, and we’ve been fighting a decades-long war against the Waterfall Imperial Army. A line was finally drawn in the sand with the authoring of the agile manifesto, which serves as our Declaration of Independence. Many development frameworks and practices have been created to disrupt the power structures and the oppressive strongholds of the enemy Imperial Army. We now have the tools, structures, and the ammunition to take this enemy down.
We are rising from the ranks of software development, business analysis, project management, quality assurance, and others to lead the charge. We are committed to dedicating our careers to the fight against traditional development and management structures. Legacy ways of working have slowed the pace of innovation, dissatisfied millions of customers, destroyed relationships, and created distrust of those in technical professions. We are competent, educated professionals who’ve been treated like cogs in a machine for far too long. The pace of change is accelerating and we’re taking control of our future.
Join us in learning to build better software, delighting customers faster, eliminating risk, reducing costs, dominating our markets. These were all things waterfall development promised but failed to deliver.
If you’re a developer: act boldly with professionalism. Stop allowing unrealistic expectations to pressure you into creating technical debt. Write small pieces of high-quality software that can be independently and quickly deployed to impress customers and mitigate risk.
If you’re a quality assurance professional, work closely with the development staff to test early and often.
If you’re a manager, support the rebellion by supporting your team, support self-organization, support the empowerment of technical craftsman. Set strong expectations and get out of the way.
You can all help lead this rebellion from the inside. We can help. We’re leading the agile rebellion.