"Agile and DevOps are better together in 2018"
"We're doing SAFe."
"We have small teams."
"We must be Agile.”
They adopt all the Scrum Ceremonies but none of the agile principles. They continue to chunk up work in the same way and deliver it in silos. Then they can't understand why everything blows up during integration just like it did before they were "agile". Of course, they fail to realize that they haven't really changed a thing and are still using waterfall for delivery. Just smaller batches of it.
Unfortunately, they still don’t understand how agile software teams work and they still aren’t delivering potentially shippable increments of software.
Thanks to SAFe, they now have a way to coordinate all their releases together and commit to hard dates on fixed scope that is predetermined in a giant two-day planning session. A session where they "gain alignment" on all the dependencies between all their organizational and technical silos (never attempting to eliminate any of them) so that everyone can release together.
That sounds familiar for some reason. Can’t quite put my finger on where I have seen that before…
They “are going agile” because they are “doing SAFe”. Or Dark Scrum. Or building a continuous delivery pipeline that goes through the QA environment for weeks of system and integration testing before it can be deployed.