Learning to Do Agile Right

For many organizations, transitioning to a fully agile workflow can be a long journey. I’ve met a lot of people during my tenure here at Atlassian – customers and non-customers alike – who are on the path to becoming more agile in their workflow, and I always tell them that they have great rewards in store for their troubles. Agile teams can more readily respond to change, and better track the needs of their customers. This is why we have launched a new site to help you Do Agile Right at http://www.atlassian.com/agile/.

Who is Chet Rong?

We’ve been spending a lot of time with Chet Rong, who has a well-earned reputation as the world’s worst agile coach. Chet’s about as waterfall as they come, but is convinced he’s an agile expert. One thing’s for sure: he does a great job of illustrating some of the most common anti-patterns for teams trying to transition to agile.


The reality is that agile is, well, agile. Implementations will slightly differ from team to team as culture, business, team structure, and technical needs differ. Experience has shown us that there are clear anti-patterns that emerge, sapping the agility of teams, when we regress to the “good ‘ol waterfall days.”

We’ve launched the new Do Agile Right site to help teams who are new to agile, as well as teams that may simply need a bit of an agile tuneup. Whether you’re scrum, kanban, or scrumban team, we have something for you. We work through many agile principles, outlining:

  • Why each topic in agile is important
  • Common pitfalls many teams struggle struggle with
  • How to get back on track
  • Tips on how we make it work at Atlassian

We’d love for you to visit Do Agile Right and have a few laughs on us, and hopefully some insight, too. If you’re on Twitter, follow Chet Rong as he’s got some hilarious stuff coming in the next few weeks.

Are you struggling with any agile anti patterns? Has your company been an agile transformation success story? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear!

Introducing Chet Rong: the world’s worst agi...