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I don't care to compare XP vs. Scrum vs. Kanban vs. Lean. That's just an array of banners for MacLeod Clueless, a way for them to form initiatives and conflicts that don't really matter.

The top-down closed-allocation organization cannot hit technical high notes. At that, it is unfixable. The best solution (see: large companies) is to let your best people work in an effectively open-allocation setting (while the peons toil under closed allocation) but, as has been discussed in other threads, that becomes politically difficult.

Rather than trying to fix closed allocation, which we can't, we should be throwing it out. It might work for a hedge fund that can afford to pay $5 million per year to a mediocre trader. It doesn't work for tech. Never did, never will.

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