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Agile's great. But somewhere up the chain of command, it runs into somebody who views the world through 17-page PERT charts. At that point, there's an impedance mismatch. The "agile" tools help the boss feel better, even if they're a complete misunderstanding of agile. (This is not a trivial problem, by the way. A boss several layers up who doesn't get the expected reports can decide that your project is floundering, no matter how well things are going in reality.)

But you can hit an impedance mismatch before that. You can hit it within your team, if you have developers who think in terms of following procedures instead of in terms of working code that creates value for the user.

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