Agile is Here to Stay (Or at Least the Being of It)

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The most important words of the Agile Manifesto are, “We are uncovering better ways …” This should continue to be true.

Agile is often thought of as a way of being. But getting people to “be” Agile is hard. And it’s not clear what “doing Agile” is. Being” is good. But getting there is another issue. It requires us to continue to be “uncovering better ways.”

You might have noticed I left out the phrase, “of developing software.” That because “being Agile” is more. The attitude of Agile needs to spread across the organization. Organizations “do” different things than “teams.”

“Becoming Agile” is difficult. It doesn’t happen by command. Rather, it is like Jerry Sternin says, “It is easier to work your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of working.” Being Agile means looking forward, not just remembering insights but creating new ones. Solving problems, not using canned solutions.

This requires a shift in our thinking. But it’s fortunately a shift that many people are already doing. We need to embrace these new methods. By “doing better” we can “become” Agile.

Agile is Here to Stay (Or at Least the Being of It)

The most important words of the Agile Manifesto are, “We are uncovering better ways …” This should continue to be true.

Agile is often thought of as a way of being. But getting people to “be” Agile is hard. And it’s not clear what “doing Agile” is. “Being” is good. But getting there is another issue. It requires us to continue to be “uncovering better ways.”

You might have noticed I left out the phrase, “of developing software.” That because “being Agile” is more. The attitude of Agile needs to spread across the organization. Organizations “do” different things than “teams.”

“Becoming Agile” is difficult. It doesn’t happen by command. Rather, it is like Jerry Sternin says, “It is easier to work your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of working.” Being Agile means looking forward, not just remembering insights but creating new ones. Solving problems, not using canned solutions.

This requires a shift in our thinking. But it’s fortunately a shift that many people are already doing. We need to embrace these new methods. By “doing better” we can “become” Agile.

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