I've had an interesting last 5 weeks – 3 conferences and a week of vacation! I keynoted at Agile Japan in Tokyo alongside Professor Nonaka (co-creator of the general Scrum product development method from which Jeff Sutherland created the Scrum Software Development process). I gave two talks at the Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LeanSSC) conference in Atlanta and I just sponsored and talked at the San Diego PMI. All with a vacation in between where I was able to reflect on the industry (those who know me know I never totally disengageJ ). These last few days I've been re-reading David Anderson's Kanban book – which I highly recommend to all software developers and managers.
The conferences represented very diverse audiences: those new to software agility, experts in software agility, and those unclear what Agile even is (and with many not even in software). Nevertheless, there was a common theme across all three: Respect for management, the recognition of the need to attend to the whole value stream, and a belief that people were good and if there were problems you needed to look at the systems in which they were working rather than accuse the teams of lacking discipline or motivation. It was refreshing! And, unfortunately, not something I typically notice to be widespread in many mainstream Agile conferences (particularly those centered around non-Lean Agile). Fortunately, this awareness is slowly growing in these more mainstream Agile conferences.
I point this out because I believe Agility is entering a new phase.