You can't be Agile without doing Agile

May 22, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I hear many people say "you can't do Agile." I would suggest it goes both ways "you can't be Agile without doing Agile." Agile's not just about attitude. It's about a strong connection with business on deciding what to do and what to defer, having the skills to get it done, have tested tangible product on a frequent basis and regularly improving your methods. Accomplishing this takes both an attitude and a way of doing it. Agreements about what's important, small work items, a focus on finishing work, a sense of professionalism while doing the actions mandated by that, and more.
 
Just "being" Agile won't do that. And given that Agile is 20+ years old it's absurd to expect anyone to have to reinvent the ways of doing that have been created.
 
How we teach frameworks reflects this. Scrum has values that it says you must have but doesn't give you the doing part that might have them show up. SAFe focuses on the doing so much that it's too complicated to "be" for many.
 
Our focus needs to shift back to the intent of Agile - quick realization of value preditably, sustsainably and with high quality. #TeachAgileBeforeScrum #TeachAgileBeforeSAFe & by teach I mean include the how.
 
Frank Sinatra may have been the first Agilist - "do be do be do" :)
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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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