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Learn to Storytell Your Agile Pains as Humorous Comic Agilé Strips
GOTO Chicago 2024

Tuesday Oct 22
14:50 –
Forum North

Learn to Storytell Your Agile Pains as Humorous Comic Agilé Strips

Many organizations can increase the return of their investments in going agile by articulating and removing their agile pains (i.e., misunderstandings, conflicts and antipatterns), as well as becoming aware of the consequences of having them. Agile antipatterns are sub-par solutions to challenges, and they occur when the intentions of working agile meet the limitations of the organizational reality. When the changes required to go agile are too big or difficult, organizations might take “pragmatic” shortcuts that, on the surface, seem appropriate and sensible, but in the long run can decrease the benefits of the investment—thus, the organization creates agile antipatterns (or “agile debt”).

This workshop teaches the participants to identify, describe, communicate and remove these agile pains by using the humorous format of Comic Agilé strips.

Examples of agile antipatterns:

  • #1: Product Owners only prioritize business features and not technical enablers and process improvement initiatives. Consequence: Reduced quality of the product and no culture of continuous improvement.
  • #2: Scrum Masters “do” instead of teaching and coaching. Consequence: The team is ineffective because it doesn’t learn self-management and to grow as a team, but keeps being dependant on the Scrum Master to facilitate it.
  • #3: Dependencies are not broken, but instead coordinated through a scaling framework. Consequence: It takes longer than needed for each team to deliver value because of the need for cross-team coordination.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • How to identify and articulate the biggest agile pains of their organizations, inspired by the creative Comic Agilé way of thinking, structuring and presenting points
  • How to communicate agile pains, and their impact, to decision-makers
  • How to remove the causes of their specific agile pains


Your own Comic Agilé strip (per group) based on an actual, current agile pain from your organization that you can communicate to decision-makers to inspire change.