I'm in a Business Intelligence analytics group that has started trying to adopt Agile and Scrum over the past 6 months or so.
As data analysts, our group doesn't develop any software or write any documentation. We pull data, run statistical models, and present our findings in either PowerPoint or Tableau.
During our first Retrospective, the leader of my small group kept referring to the Agile principal of
Working software over documentation.
While no one in the group has ever written any documentation for anything in the past he says that
We shouldn't spend too much time writing documentation, so just make a screen recording of yourself explaining your statistical modeling code and that will be our documentation
No one has actually done this though, because none of our business clients have any interest in it.
I tried saying that I think the analogy of "documentation" in our group would be the PowerPoint and Tableau presentations, as they are our way of documenting what we did and the conclusions of our work.
Is this valid?
Incidentally the small group leader selectively misinterpreted this idea and responded:
Good point. Presentation is the most important thing we do. We need to invest more time on presentations and ask the business to give us more training on making good presentations.
To his point, half the time the leaders in our group totally disregard the statistical analyses as not coming to the conclusions they wanted to make, and they just spend all of their time on PowerPoint presentations with made up results...