Scrum and Agile in IT, commercial nonsense 'The Powers of Nothing...'
If there is any contradiction in terminus, then it are commerce and IT. In essence, IT isn't any commercial at all. Why not? The universal principle in digital automation simply is to increase productivity with lesser human effort, today we achieve that by using electronical means, read, Information Technology, IT. The universal principle behind it isn't new at all. Since all that has been automated in the past, like a slice of a tree developing into the first wheel barrel and in second becoming the first people and good carriages where after we put an ox or horse in front, are bound and based on that same principle. All that is new is that (wo)man invents new means but the essence ... never changed.
Commerce and lies
If IT in its essence is all about reducing human effort, making (wo)man redundant, this also applies for administrative standard processes where when will reach a point of satisfaction. Read, that trying to automate any further simply will cost revenue rather than saving or a healthy Return On Investment. So commerce thought of other things to sell and presented in such fashion that it seems to be of adding value rather then, becoming commercial nonsense. Here a few of these hypes and you will get the message.
Bring Your Own Device, BYOD
Commerce shouted and hyped that the latest 'reality' was that the employer 'demanded' the ability to start to use ones own device, laptop, pc, tablet. It would be a game changer saving money because of the fact the employer would become more flexible to work and no investment in hardware would be required. Win-win-win-win... Reality has been that there has been opened a huge IT security risk and dito security bill, many aren't simply consequent for something like working flexible or independent hence control became also an deer issue. The cost of this way outweighs the benefits on the shorter and longer run.
Cloud, Software as a Service... SaaS and others
Suddenly commerce started to hype that the new reality was 'Cloud'. The pose to be private, public, hybrid clouds... Basically the only clouds we know are out in the sky and the cloud illustration posing 'internet', the rest? very expensive bills as a guarantee with a lot of security issues and legal issues where many still aren't aware of. A 'cloud' supplier went bankrupt and suddenly all clients couldn't access any data anymore. The legal appointed curator legally shut all down stating all had to prove certain data was belonging to them. No one ever thought about that. Technically, all commerce has been shouting and hyping as new were already in stated and working for over fifteen years.
Big Data is also a new 'Reality' shouted and hyped by commerce since in Big Data almost all to be found what one commercially needs to become Bigger and bigger and more successful. Well, what commerce didn't told you is that roughly 45% of Big Data is flawed by copies, by unchecked or ill-substantiated fact, criminal data, fraudulent fact, and there is no mean thinkable where one is able to differentiate which data is which let alone to take time, money and effort to substantiate data. All one can rely on is corporate big data, surely not the global floating around data.
Scrum and Agile
These methods in IT should also be a game changer. A game changer it is, but also a nifty price tag. Since digital automation is all about being exact and linear, Scrum and Agile are not. Why the need to need a new method if existing methods literally still are unknown to many IT professionals let alone used to widest and fullest extend?
Internet of Things
So commerce invented something new. Internet of things, IoT. Suddenly we are to believe that everything thinkable is to be connected to the internet to be checked and reached via internet and make life convenient. Well, the thought is nice but what about the downside? It is interesting that you laundry machine calls you that the washing is done, that your frig bleeps that you have to do groceries, that a mouse activates an IP cam in your house making you go paranoid and what about the 'smart' thermometer enabling you to activate the heating when you leave the office? Grand. Are you aware that 85% of all IoT machines aren't virtually securable and first to be pinpointed by ..... Commerce and Criminals...
That implies that you are pushed and hyped to by the next gen IP connected home appliances and gadgets that shout make life easier for you while at the same time your privacy is going down the tube, your freedom is at risk, you give commerce and criminals all means to let them know when to burglar your house, if burgling your house will be feasible and commerce to haunt you with 'personalized' advertisement until you cave in and buy, for that is the purpose of commerce.
Using vile act and presentation to make you believe that what they have to sell to you is of utmost importance .... of course to them. Over 65% of what you are buying today is not what you in essence need to sustain yourselves and contributing to the ballast and strain we punt on earths resources which we rapidly are exhausting. So if you still aren't waking by this simple thought, then I guess (wo)man is doomed the moment we simply have no resources anymore. How scrum and agile is that?
Have a great and prosperous weekend.... in every of your personal endeavors.....