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4.7 Consensus within the Agile Community

The agile community can be both opinionated and very vocal. It can also be difficult to gain consensus. You need to expect that there will always be a diversity of views and opinions expressed in the agile community. Sometimes, views are expressed in rather emphatic terms. In fact, it is the great irony that some agile practitioners are the least agile people I have ever worked with, insisting that agility can be practiced in only one particular way. My view is to enjoy the plurality of opinions, looking for consensus when I can find it and also understand that sometimes experienced practitioners will have differing points of view. This is especially true when confronting some of the more thorny issues in understanding agility. One of these considerations is what agile process maturity is not.

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