Agile is not something you do...

     Agile is something you are...®

Train - Reinforce - Institutionalize Let’s face it, your business is confronted with a competitive landscape that is accelerating at an ever increasing rate. Responding effectively to change is essential in your competitive advantage. Agile is associated primarily with software development. But it is much more. Agile is a framework that facilitates the creative development of ideas. Any idea. Sales. Marketing. Human Resources. Organizational efficiency. The core principles of empirical inspection of time-boxed results apply to any complex problem. The iterative approach to solving problems significantly reduces risk and supports the ability change direction and minimize resource investments in the development of new ideas.


Product Owner

Adopting Agile principles in your organization requires a fundamental cultural change. Cultural change cannot be dictated. Many companies state that they are going to go "agile" without preparing the organization with the tools necessary to succeed. While a lot of people talk about using Agile, there are many misconceptions. Training clarifies the underlying Agile concepts and the differences between terminology and practices. And as the diagram above shows the tools and principles must be explained and explored with all layers of the business. If the business does not understand how value is delivered by Agile teams there will be a disconnect and dysfunction will ensue.


Scrum Master

While training is essential to conveying the concepts, common language, and implementation tactics simultaneously to the teams, execution requires reinforcement. This is where coaching helps teams. The fundamental reinforcement practices are building a backlog and start practicing the events and executing sprints. It is common for teams to feel awkward at first, but the iterations build upon each other and the production of value increases. The fundamental principles of Agile are dependent upon each other and the various Events and Artifacts


Product Backlog

Institutionalize may resonate as the antithesis of Agile, but this is meant to communicate the cultural mindset of creating and delivering solutions to business problems is flexible, open to trying new ideas within the framework of ongoing collaboration and individual empowerment. The culture encourages self-managing teams that allow people to be creative, innovative, and acknowledged for their expertise. The managers of the organization are responsible for defining and prioritizing the vision for the organization and then removing impediments and shields the delivery teams from external interference.

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