The Heart Of Agile

For some time now Alistair Cockburn has been on  the journey to bring back the simplicity of Agile. I can remember discussing with him many times how it had become so convoluted with frameworks and multiple methods, all of them claiming to be the golden cure to creating agility. Yet the more involved they became, the harder the path to agility was to navigate.

I was finding increasingly, that every time I was asked to help somewhere that had a failed or less than optimal Agile implementation, it was because they had ignored the basics. A return to these made immediate and lasting impact every time.

So when Alistair crystallised this into the simplicity that is the Heart of Agile using those four words, Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve, it gave me voice and premise to have conversations with organisations, leaders and teams in a clear and simple way that is easily grasped and can be implemented immediately.

Following on from this, a couple of months ago,  Alistair quietly launched the https://heartofagile.com/ site as a hub for all things Heart of Agile . Along with this, myself and eight other amazingly talented people across the world  were also selected to help listen and guide those who wish to start the Heart of Agile journey.

I am deeply honoured to be part of this group of people who have such deep expertise and a willingness to  share their experiences. If any if this resonates with you and you want to get back to the Heart of Agile, then wherever you are in the world don’t hesitate to reach out to the guides.

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‘A Rose by any other name?’

That’s not Agile!

You haven’t dotted the I’s, crossed the T’s and conformed to this checklist! You’re not following dot point 27 of document three! Agile is only for software development! Every time I hear statements like this it perturbs me greatly, they are usually repeated with such conviction that I know I have to set about demystifying these rumours lest they continue to grow.

Agile is not an ISO standard or a check list to be followed blindly for the sake of it.

It’s simply a framework, if you like an umbrella term for a set of values and principles that have been shown to improve efficiency, productivity, and quality. Agile is not just a software development methodology though, it’s a way of working that builds on a set of values and principles to deliver business value and manage risks.

 

Agile methods are adaptive; they have frequent checkpoints and feedback loops that are used to manage and reduce risk. It’s pragmatic; if something doesn’t work it can and should be adapted.

Agile can be used for all sorts of teams and environments as well as being able to be used at the governance level for portfolio management and at the project level for delivery.Its’ strengths lie in the core values and principles and we should take time to remember them. Continue reading “‘A Rose by any other name?’”