Posted on June 9, 2020
Pictures may be worth a 1,000 words, but don't assume they are the right ones
When you peel back the covers on most agile software teams you'll often find a collection of processes that are more accurately modeled by a waterfall. Comprehensive layouts ("comps") created by design teams to often put a hard stop to any true agile process. Comprehensives look like an application. This is doubly true with modern mock-up tools that can simulate user flow. So when it comes time to evaluate the output of the engineering team, there is a natural inclination to compare the live application to the comp and determine success based on how closely they match. This is not agile.
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