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