5 Whys Challenge – Noam Kfir

Noam is a returning voice here at the conference. We seem to like him.

This time, he picked the interesting topic “Agile mind games and the art of self delusion“. We’re all for kinds of playing here, so mind-games fit right there in the program.

Noam took the challenge last time, but what news can he bring?

Let’s see.

  • Why should people come to the conference?

To play Agile, of course. I hear it’s a great board game…

To become better Agile practitioners by mastering self-deception and learning the principles of the Art of Willful Delusion.

Many companies abandon Agile, not realizing that they had never truly adopted it to begin with. They start iterating, doing daily standups, playing poker, adding a few unit tests, and practicing a bunch of other excellent techniques, but sooner or later they abandon them or change them in such a way that they defeat the purpose altogether (e.g., story points that become equivalent to days, standups that become daily hour-long sitdowns, iterations intended purely for refactoring, and many many more). I posit that one of the main causes is that they fail to suspend disbelief, to practice controlled self-deception. If you want to learn to fool yourself, but in a good way that helps you become Agile, you should come to my session.

  • Why did I choose this topic?

I came to the conclusion a couple years ago, as a TDD trainer, that many of the criticisms of TDD decry the technique but not its purpose. They fail to take into consideration that many of the eccentricities of TDD are intended to serve the goal of facilitating emergent design. I realized later that the same problem applies more generally to Agile as well. I wanted to share my thoughts and hear some feedback on my ideas.

I am looking forward to Dana ‘s session because it puts the words “Lego” and “chocolate” and “game” and, of course, “DevOps” together. That title would have sucked me right in even if it wasn’t somehow coherent. I didn’t even have to read the abstract (but I did).

  • Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand??

It’s clearly a classic off-by-one error.

Suspension of disbelief. God know I need to do it sometimes.

However, if you’re not coming to the conference, you’re missing out on these sessions. Believe that.

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