The Deadly Sins of Agile Transformations: Podcast Series

The Deadly Sins and Challenges of Agile Transformation illustrated as a set of tarot cardsPrepare to delve deep into the heart of agile transformations and the unforeseen challenges they often bring. I am thrilled to share the Agile Uprising’s podcast series “The Deadly Sins of Agile Transformations

Born from an AU Disccord conversation about workplace struggles and how they might be linked to fundamental sins, this series is a thought-provoking exploration of agile practices and organizational dynamics through the lens of the capital vices: Pride, Sloth, Gluttony, Wrath, Lust, Envy, and Greed

The past 12 months have been a time of reckoning – are you truly delivering value, or has your role become expendable?

Join us as we unravel the “Deadly Sins” that can derail even the most well-intentioned agile transformations.


Chris Murman, Jay Hrcsko, and Andrew Leff delve into the insidious nature of pride within the agile community and its impact on organizational culture and personal behavior. Through personal anecdotes and reflections, they explore how pride can obstruct growth and progress, while also pondering its potential as a positive driving force. The conversation is rich with insights on self-awareness, feedback loops, and the complexities of coaching and consulting in agile environments.

2023 has been a year of reckoning - are you truly delivering value, or has your role become expendable? Share on X


Andy CleffImage of a sloth in a business suit, Chris Murman, and Andrew Leff explore the paradoxical concept of “sloth” in the context of agile transformation. They challenge the notion that constant action is always desirable, advocating for a balanced pace and intentional decision-making. The discussion covers the dangers of both excessive action and inaction, emphasizing the importance of addressing systemic issues that can demotivate individuals and hinder meaningful change.


Andrew Leff, Chris Murman, and Jay Hrcsko examine how gluttony, often associated with overindulgence, can manifest in professional settings through consuming too much information, training, or adhering too strictly to methodologies. Their discussion highlights the importance of balance and moderation, suggesting that controlled bouts of gluttony can accelerate growth and understanding, provided it is balanced with reflection and practical application. (Just don’t be like Mr. Creosote)


Chris Murman, Andy Cleff, and Andrew Leff scrutinize how wrath manifests in the workplace, particularly in agile environments, and discuss its impact on team dynamics and organizational culture. The conversation covers the nuances between wrath, anger, and passion, examining how these emotions can be both destructive and a driving force if channeled correctly. They encourage listeners to reflect on how they experience and respond to wrath in their own lives and workplaces, aiming to foster a more thoughtful approach to handling intense emotions.

What is the line between passion and taking it too far into, like, anger or wrath? Share on X


Sam Hogarth, Jay Hrcsko, Chris Murman, Andrew Leff, and Frans Alkemade unpack the concept of lust and its impact on agile development. They explore how the lust for speed, perfection, or adherence to certain agile methodologies can lead to a perversion and corruption of the original agile intent. The discussion highlights the dangers of organizations lusting after idealistic practices without considering their unique contexts, leading to unrealistic expectations and practices that don’t necessarily add value.

Organizations start to lust for this fiction of speed when they don't know how fast they're going today, so they lust after it... They hire a bunch of people to come in to sell them agile... Share on X


Jay Hrcsko, Claudia Orozco-Gomez, Chris Murman, and Andrew Leff discuss the concept of envy in the context of personal development within the corporate world. They explore how envy can manifest in both individuals and organizations, driving behaviors and decisions that may not always be healthy or productive. The conversation offers strategies to manage and redirect envy in constructive ways, emphasizing the importance of transparency and honest communication.


image of a shadowing figure sitting on a pile of gold, signifying envy or greedAndy Cleff, Chris Murman, and Jesper Ørting chat about the topic of greed, the last of the seven deadly sins they’ve been exploring. They discuss the multifaceted nature of greed, from its manifestation in personal ambitions and corporate settings to its broader societal impacts. The discussion contrasts different cultural approaches to managing greed and reflects on the thin line between healthy ambition and destructive greed.

Closing Thoughts on Agile Transformation Challenges

Whether you’re an agile coach, a project manager, or someone interested in organizational dynamics, this Agile Uprising podcast series “The Deadly Sins of Agile Transformations” offers valuable perspectives on the complexities of implementing agile methodologies effectively. It challenges listeners to think critically about the ‘truths’ they accept, to inspect the pitfalls and misconceptions that have crept into agile practices over time, and encourages a more flexible, introspective approach to agile transformations.

Agile isn't an aspirin, right? It's not. You just don't take, you just don't do agile and your headache goes away. In fact, it's probably creates more headaches... Share on X

We don’t just want you to listen; we want to hear from you! Do you agree with the points raised in our discussions? Have you experienced the impact of these ‘original sins’ in your work? Join our Discord community and share your agile transformation challenges and stories with us.

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