The Tyranny of Taylorism and how to spot agile lies

Even those that developed and industrialised waterfall no longer believe it has value, and they still struggle with the tyranny of Taylorism.

While 81% of all development shops say that they are adopting agile, the reality is far from it; only 22% do short iterations, 16% have ordered backlogs, & 13% do retrospectives! They still lack feedback loops.

This talk will take a walk through history from 1890 through to the present and follow the rise and eventual fall of Waterfall in the very organisation that developed it; the US Military-Industrial Complex. From communities through the industrial revolution, mechanisation of the workforce, the first MBA's, the pursuit of hierarchical plan-driven solutions, and bureaucracy to the realisation of reality and the struggle to change.

1880 - Social, Family, Community, Problem Solving
1890 - Industrial Revolution and mechanisation of the workforce
1906 - First MBA and enshrinement of the carrot and the stick
1920 - First ideas that people are different ridiculed
1950 - Sequential work adopted by US Military
1970 - Waterfall defigned and adopted
1993 - First Scrum Project
2001 - Agile Manifesto
2010 - Consultation on new DOD procurement rules
2013 - New Procurement rules mandating iterative delivery go live
2018 - Detecting Agile BS
2019 - USAF Memo
Future - Social, Family, Community, Problem Solving

Best at 90 minutes, also works at 60 & 45 but with less detail

Martin Hinshelwood

Enabling a continuous flow of value with a union of processes, practices, and tools. We have deep expertise in Visual Studio, Azure DevOps, DevOps, Scrum, & Kanban

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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