How did Agile become so unagile

For a movement that’s about quick delivery, continuous learning, innovation & flexibility, Agile has lost its way.

Organizations with good minded people who see better ways to do things are faced with massive delays to get started because Agile has become a huge endeavor – an anti-thesis of Agile. Agile would say “start and learn.”

All the methods appear to be massive endeavors in one way or another. Why? Because all of them are about themselves, about how to implement a framework or a particular way of doing something. It’s become a big business. And with big business you have to have experts and consultants, lots of them. We need to focus on the work itself, not the framework.

We’ve been led to believe that we can’t do that, that the world is too complex, that there aren’t laws or rules that can guide us. This advice may be well-intentioned but it’s both wrong and self-serving. We don’t have to listen to it.

We have experience, just not in frameworks. Understanding the theory of Flow can help us identify what value is important to realize. Lean can help us build organizations that allow for innovative teams. But most of all, we must move our focus to our real work, and learn how to make better decisions. Become Agile in an agile manner.

One thought on “How did Agile become so unagile”

  1. See my Tweet sequence following Al’s pointing to this.

    Agile means many things from coding and deploying small, incremental systems improvements to restructuring organizations and leadership. So we need to be specific about which Agile. You we’re addressing out of dozens of not hundreds.

    Only hierarchical thing can make this mentally manageable.

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