What makes you agile?

In response to a recent post Alan Shalloway of NetObjectives responded you can read his response here.

His response got me thinking.  Please share your thoughts:

What is it that makes a person, team, project, or company agile?

By | 2016-10-25T16:20:20+00:00 June 30th, 2010|agile|5 Comments

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  1. Max Guernsey, III June 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I’d wager that, as the name implies, the defining characteristic is an ability to adapt to change.

  2. Carl August 5, 2010 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Max’s comment is apt, but only part of the picture. I’d also add the ability to respond rapidly. Perhaps that really is a subset of “change”, though.

    Something that’s seems critical to agile is focus and organized. Can’t respond to change with speed and quality if the mission isn’t well understood. Nor if the pieces at play aren’t understood.

  3. josephflahiff August 5, 2010 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Carl , Thanks for reminding me of this post.
    While I agree with Max that the adaptability to change is important. I wonder if there are boundaries on that? Either up or down.
    Alan Shalloway in his comment on my Pyramids post seemed to indicate that some level of adaptability is required. More adaptability is required according to Alan.
    What do you think?

  4. josephflahiff August 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I want to come back to this discussion.
    What makes you agile?
    I am writing an article that is an introduction to agile, which has made me go back to the basics and rethink what we are doing and calling agile. Is it?
    Yes the name implies the ability to adapt to change but more fundamentally the agile movement is about people. About valuing people for their contribution and for their abilities.
    Does a project have to be adaptable to change to be true to the heart of agile?

  5. Hugo Dittrich October 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I agree with Max and Carl, but has to mention: delivery. If you don’t deliver you’re not been agile.

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