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Can you fill in this line? “If … you might be doing #redneck-agile.”

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

I just ran across this gem in an agile open group on LinkedIn ‘Discover how to develop “bug free” software projects using Agile based project management tool’ followed by a link to a sales page.

I couldn’t help myself, I started laughing.   I could just imagine it, somewhere, some poor PMP is excited, because finally, they can “buy agile.”

I could also imagine the Jeff Foxworthy of geeks, drawling ‘If your senior managers, keep equating “the right tools” to “agile” … you might be doing redneck agile’ (Except the JFoG in my head was much funnier)


Heinlein once said “I’ve found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much . . . because it’s the only thing that’ll make it stop hurting.”

He also made reference to the coercive effects of humor.  You can influence people’s behavior more by making their behavior a punchline, than you can by all out education.

Just maybe there is some concise wisdom out there that can be used to help people lighten up and understand that making mistakes on the road to agile is a part of being on the road to agile.

So I’m asking for help from the agile community.  There’s a bunch of y’all out there that are funnier than I am.  Can you craft your painful, yet funny experiences into the form of a #redneckagile joke?