McKinsey: time to rethink Agile in complex digital environments

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Over the years, promoters of Agile development have known that things tend to run aground with larger software projects or large organizations. Now, the drive to digital, automation and AI may be too much for even the most Agile of teams.

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As Ron Jeffries, co-creator of the Extreme Programming (XP) methodology recently put it, Agile has become another cover story for relentlessly pushing developers to keep producing more and more, faster and faster. With digital, AI and automation, the scale gets even more untenable, and this is where Agile as we know it tends to fall down.

Another view, of course, is that Agile is the only way to grow a digital business. Agile, applied at


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