In a business landscape where volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (“VUCA”) is a fact of life, we need to be nimble, flexible and adaptable. We need to be agile. The key to becoming agile is to be self-aware in order to innovate or risk becoming archaic. However, being agile is more than just a characteristic. It is a philosophy, a method, a movement.
Agile began as a way to promote innovation in software development and in that world it has a specific meaning. The concept has since spread throughout the business world where its meaning has become broader, more ambiguous and more elusive. That broadness is a good thing. We can all glean some useful wisdom from agile.
In software development, agile is about a short development cycle where small teams quickly generate a product, get it in the hands of customers, incorporate feedback immediately, and start the cycle all over again. Poke around in agile philosophy and you will repeatedly encounter words like scrum and burndown. You will even find a manifesto.
What can agile teach the rest of us?
Published on Oct. 3, 2018
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