I stumbled upon these two articles separately. On the surface they are not related. As a reader both began to click that they have a lot of overlap.
Zafu Labs, OKRs from a developmental perspective:
So it makes sense that when the OKRs come out for the quarter, we just take
Steve Denning on Forbes, Understand Fake Agile:
Not everyone uses "Agile "the way I have defined it. Some use "agile" to refer to a company that calls itself or claims to be agile. This use means that many companies are called agile, even though they are not managed any differently than traditional bureaucracy. It also excludes some of the companies that have the most success in implementing Agile because they do not use Agile standard terminology. Therefore, this use leads to many companies that can be called "Agile in name only" or what I have sometimes called "fake Agile." In other words, to understand if a company is Agile, we need to look beyond what the companies say and look at how they work.
I am very skeptical of the methodology used to support bureaucracy and also used to help people do better work. When Agile became popular, the terms were taken over by many levels of business management to mean "productive" and "proper," but it almost never really means it. "Working Backwards" is perhaps the only management and engineering work in common.