A framework that's so easy to get wrong, must be bad, right?

If we reject everything that's easily "done wrong", what's left?

I’m sure you’ve heard the argument before. “Scrum sucks, because it’s so easy to do wrong.” Or more recently, I heard in a LinkedIn post that agile sucks for the same reason. Or maybe it’s TDD. Or OKRs. Or daily stand ups.

If a methodology can be “done wrong” so often, then it probably is a problem with the methodology.

It sounds nice. It sounds clean. It sounds final. Especially if you’ve been burned by that methodology.

But is it valid?

Let’s consider… what if we apply the same litmus test to other things? Are there other things that are frequently “done wrong”? And does this flaw mean that these things are inherently bad?

Here are a few things that I think we can all agree are frequently “done wrong”. Do you think they’re bad?

  • Cooking.
  • Skiing.
  • Eating healthy.
  • Saving money.
  • Driving.
  • Humor.
  • Exercise.
  • Marketing.
  • Democracy.

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