A few years ago, Agile was everywhere. There were books galore, articles in the technology press, tracks at conferences etc.
That is not to say that it has gone away, but a few years ago everything was being sold and hyped as being Agile. Things from process to products to services were having the Agile name splashed across them - whether it was a correct use of the term or not.
In some ways this was a good thing for the Agile movement as it got the term out there, and a whole lot of people were exposed to it. Some of the more curious people may even have done a bit of research and truly understood the tenets of Agile as a result. However, I would argue that this has had possibly the biggest detrimental affect on Agile possible.
We are now in a position where we have managers that feel that they were bitten by Agile when in fact what they were bitten by was miss-selling. Consultancies sold Agile and did Cowboy.
This has resulted in an allergy to all things Agile amongst many senior managers and budget holders - to the point where even mentioning the word results in a death stare. This is also resulting in a shift back to the perceived comfort of tightly controlled processes that give the managers and budget holders an illusion of control. They fail to realise that actually what they have is a stifling of productivity and ingenuity, and a company of frustrated people who can see there is another way.
My question to you is simple - have you experienced this and how have you approached it?