Title: Why Do Managers Hate Agile?
Context: The question is no longer “should we go Agile?” but rather “when?”
Synopsis: Business buzzword alert: AGILE! Yes, we’ve all heard it repeated ad nauseam. “We’re doing Agile” has to be one of the biggest lies right up there with such classics as “No, those pants don’t make you look fat.” Of course simply claiming to be Agile (big “A”) and actually executing in a manner consistent with an Agile development methodology are two very different things. There are many reasons to fear Agile: it’s new, it’s hard to transition to, it’s going to disrupt your whole management hierarchy and scare the beejesus out of middling bureaucrats who have spent years carefully cultivating precarious fiefdoms designed to protect themselves from actual productivity and efficiency. But we know better. We know that most good things take time and effort and a willingness to let go of the numbing comfort provided by a “but that’s the way we’ve always done it” mentality. Change is coming my friends, you can either embrace it, or let it pass you by…the choice—as always—is yours.
Best Bit: “Instead of managers asking ‘How can I get customers to take what we make?’ now managers have to ask, ‘What are the unmet needs of the customer that I can find ways to satisfy?’”

via Part 1: forbes.com, Part 2: forbes.com