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Agile Avoids Work About Work

Agile Avoids Work About Work

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I was reading a nice little eBook on Opportunities and Challenges with Agile Portfolio Management.

I especially like this part on “Work About Work” and how Agile helps avoid it:

“Agile software development is all about eliminating overhead. Instead of establishing hierarchies and rules, Agile management zeros in on what the team can do right now, and team leaders, developers and testers roll up their sleeves to deliver working software by the end of the day.
Put another way, Agile software development favors real work over what I call "work about work." Work-about-work is that dreaded situation where creating reports about the project is so time-consuming it prevents you from actually working on the project.”

It’s true.

Agile helps you make things happen, and focus on work, versus “work about work.”

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