Scrum is a popular Agile process, so why not use its terminology?

First, there are plain English words that already mean the same things. “Iteration” is a perfectly fine word and is actually closer to the intended meaning than “sprint.”

Second, Scrum terminology directly contradicts the stated principles of Agile development. For example:
Agile processes promote sustainable development…[The team] should…maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
Contrast this with the term “sprint,” which suggests a short burst, an unsustainable pace.

Third, the Scrum terminology creates a negative frame of reference. For example, you can be on the first day of a project and have a “backlog.” “Sprints” and “spikes” suggest a state of permanent and meaningless urgency.

Agile Project, Estimate or Budget?

In a recent article by Debbie Madden, CEO and co-founder of Stride, she argues that a budget is often better than an estimate.

Her argument is that getting a good estimate of a project often takes a lot of time and cost. And in the end, a lot of software projects run “X”% over the estimate. So she advocates for a budget.

Because software is always a creative process, her “budget” is not what we…

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agile  |ˈadʒʌɪl|

1 able to move quickly and easily: Ruth was as agile as a monkey.
- able to think and understand quickly: his vague manner concealed an agile mind.
2 relating to or denoting a method of project management, used especially for software development, that is characterised by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans: agile methods replace high-level design with frequent redesign.

agilely adverb,
agility |əˈdʒɪlɪti| noun

late Middle English: via French from Latin agilis, from agere ‘do’.

Word from UK Government. (2014) Government Service Design Manual. (