We have heard about new ways of developing software by paying consultants and reading Gartner reports. Through this we have been told to value:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools… and we have mandatory processes and tools to control how those individuals (we prefer the term ‘resources’) interact
Working software over comprehensive documentation… as long as that software is comprehensively documented
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation… within the boundaries of strict contracts, of course, and subject to rigorous change control
Responding to change over following a plan… provided a detailed plan is in place to respond to the change, and it is followed precisely
That is, while the items on the left sound nice in theory, we’re an enterprise company, and there’s no way we’re letting go of the items on the right.