Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know How to Get It

Why knowing what you want in agile development may be an impediment to getting it.

johnny_rottenIt all started with one of those weird trains of thought that come to you in the wee hours of the morning when you’re half way between asleep and awake. The first lines of the Sex Pistol’s Anarchy in the UK song were playing in my head. (This may be a hint at both my age, and the type and volume of music I listen to.) On that morning, Johnny Rotten’s words seemed particularly wise – and seemed to precisely describe a recurring problem I’ve had helping people really grok Agile development. Shortly after declaring himself an antichrist, Johnny says:

“Don’t know what I want, but I know how to get it.”