It's an unprecedented achievement of mankind which allows billions to connect with each other within a fraction of seconds.
At the same time, known agile organizations which are equipped with best of the internet infrastructure, immersing themselves into a culture which is killing the very basic way of human engagements and way of working i.e a face 2 face Conversation
In other words, these organizations are doing AGILE by ignoring one of the value of agile manifesto which is:
"Individuals and Interactions over Process and Tools"
Thinking about Tools ???????
What will the best than JIRA, and this leads to what I call JDD (JIRA Driven Development).
How we do JDD?
Just follow some of the simple steps like
- Stop talking to author of a user story sitting in next cubicle, instead write comments in Jira
- Creating EPIC(s) even for fixing small bugs.
- Making Jira dashboard a way of life and reflection of work.
- Nothing can be done unless a Jira project is created.
- Looking at Jira tick marks for completion status instead of looking at actual software
- Product Backlog - oh sorry who cares as long as i am working with a Jira ID
- Praise or Punish team members based on Jira
- Nothing can move or happen unless work moved to a different state in Jira by an authorised person (i.e. The Emperor of the state)
- Mixing DoD & Acceptance criteria (changing the meaning and using it interchangeably)
- Nobody dare to forget Burndown Charts
- Having User Stories for the sake of it like
- And so on
Should we stop using tools then?
No, There is nothing wrong in having good tools (Jira Included) to assist, enable, facilitate and ease our way of working. But while using them we generally forget that
"Tools / Processes are made for humans and not the other way around"
Notwithstanding the idea of using tools for automating many things, but if it becomes the main communication channel and prevents us from talking to each other, then there is something we need to seriously think about.