Learn to BE Agile, don’t just DO Agile

Agile is not a process, nor a methodology, but rather a way of thinking and
approaching work when there is no clear end-state and/or when the end-state
is changing or evolving frequently.

Unfortunately, today a lot of people attempt to boil Agile down to a set of
defined practices and miss the point that becoming Agile is really about mindset
change at every level of the organisation.  Innovation, creativity and maximum
business benefit result when individuals, teams and the organisation as a whole
make the mindset shift, otherwise we run the risk of continuing to “do the wrong
thing righter”.

Driven from the desire to see organisations embrace the mindset and actually BE
agile and not just DO agile.

Agile is everywhere. It’s being talked about, embraced in some form or other or
even implemented, albeit badly in many cases.

Despite the great advantages in being agile, especially for knowledge workers
(for example developers, programmers and strategists,) there is a perception that
it is a silver bullet for failing projects as well as a quick and cheap way of working.
While agile can be used as a way of solving problems, it’s mainly a way of exposing
bad practices, inefficiencies and lack of communication in organisations whilst providing
a framework to better organise workload and help teams flourish.

According to Bob Marshall, at least 75% of agile implementations fail. This is because,
too often, people borrow agile techniques or methodologies without understanding their
core principles and values. Having a daily stand up does not make a team agile.
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“Using an agile methodology gave us the ability as a client to become truly part of the
development process. Being able to iterate, test and adapt as we went along meant we were
able to build something together as a team and remove inefficiencies by working closely with
the development team on issues as they emerged. It also meant we had real clarity on our vision for
the site.”

To conclude, think about how Agile are you? and if your answer if so so, no problem you can adjust your
process and adapt!!!!

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Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile.

Why?

I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally
different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible
to implement it.

Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

4 comments

  1. Great post. I think you will get a kick out of some of the meme’s I recently posted in the link below. One of them is Yoda saying, “Be or Not Be Agile, There is No Do”.

    http://anagilemind.net/2015/02/07/collection-of-agile-related-memes/

    To highlight your point about people thinking that an Agile methodology/framework is a silver bullet and rush to adopt it in their interpretation. Then when the silver bullet highlights a bad practice, they blame the methodology/framework. Then they adjust the framework to hide the bad practice. I really like how the author of Scrum Shortcuts states that Scrum isn’t a silver bullet, it is more like a silver mirror.
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    1. Hi Brian

      Thanks for your comments and suggestions.

      Feel free to send me a Linkedin request and if you want we chat on Skype (metlucero is my id) about Scrum.

      Regards,

      Mario

  2. “Agile is everywhere.” I like that! Therefore I use Kanban even at home and make my family to do so 🙂

    1. I totally agree with you and I have my personal kanban which includes all of my activities.

      Regards,

      Mario

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