Agile Methods are Dangerous – Julian Holmes, ThoughtWorks – Agile on the Beach 2018

Watch this session from Julian Holmes at Agile On The Beach 2018 entitled ‘Agile Methods Are Dangerous’.

We all know that adhering to the principles of Agile can bring benefits to an individual, team or organisation. However, whilst Agile methods can help in realising those benefits, they can also bring a lot of danger to their users. In this session Julian explores what those risks are, how to avoid them, and the advice we should give others when they embark on an Agile journey.

As a reprise to the light-hearted lightning talk Julian delivered at AOTB2017 (, this presentation expands upon the topics that Julian introduced, provide further explanation to his reasoning, and highlight how these sometimes comical observations can cause real damage to an organisation.

At ThoughtWorks, Julian’s role as an Agile Transformation Consultant is to work with clients to address software delivery challenges and improve the effectiveness of their organisation’s ability to deliver software solutions that meet current and changing business needs.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With over 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

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