Paging Dr House, can television medical dramas teach us about Agile?

Alex makes some valid links between what it is to be an agile team with television medical dramas and how they operate.

Would George Clooney have been the amazing doctor he was on ER if it wasn’t for the fact that he and his teams were autonomous? or would McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy be free to be so steamy if his resources weren’t aligned?

House – despite his many quirks – consistently follows many of the agile principles. As does Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy and the medical team in ER (remember George Clooney as Dr Doug Ross?). So do triage teams all around the world. Not because agile is fad, but because the stakes are high and over hundreds of years we’ve evolved the system to allow these teams to function at their best.

Read more about these agile but not agile doctors on Alex’s post.

Can Agile work without co-located, dedicated teams?

Paul McNamara wrote a really interesting article on whether Agile could without co-located and dedicated teams.

Would love to hear your thoughts on if you think it’s possible and what kind of pitfalls teams come up against when trying to form teams that aren’t co-located and dedicated.

In the real world, however, it’s not quite so simple. Large organizations are geographically distributed, which makes co-location extremely difficult. The economics of having teams 100% dedicated to a single project can be unrealistic. In many organizations, for example, there simply may not be enough data scientists, human-centered design experts, or agile coaches to go around. When this topic comes up, I often hear: “We aren’t a startup—and we don’t have the luxury of working in dedicated, co-located teams.”

Read more on LinkedIn.