What is Agility?

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There is no Agility for Dummies. Agility isn’t a silver bullet. You don’t achieve it in five easy steps. So what is it? For myself, I’ve characterized agility in two statements: Agility is the ability to both create and respond to change in order to profit in a turbulent business environment. Agility is the ability […]

    Agile Bureaucracy: When Practices become Principles

    In Good to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, Jim Collins writes that great organizations work to both preserve their core values and principles and then stimulate progress by adapting as needed over time (this book, written in 2001, still ranks in the top 200 books on Amazon). As with many […]

      Putting Lipstick on a Bulldog

      When outcomes are uncertain, answers hard to devise, That’s the time to form a team, tap dreams, and improvise.… Putting lipstick on a bulldog won’t transform enough, Makeup can’t hide everything; change takes deeper stuff. (e-volve!: Succeeding in the Digital Culture of Tomorrow, Rosabeth Moss Kanter 2001). In, e-volve!, Kanter sends two clear messages: there […]

        Interview with Martin Fowler (circa 2001)

        At the Agile 2011 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Agile Manifesto. To further celebrate, I decided  to re-publish abbreviated versions of my interviews with several of the 17 authors. These interviews were published in my 2002 book, Agile Software Development Ecosystems. They reflect the state of the industry and what these founders of […]

          Interview with Kent Beck (circa 2001)

          At the Agile 2011 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Agile Manifesto. One thing that occurred to me about how to celebrate this was to re-publish abbreviated versions of my interviews with several of the 17 authors. These interviews were published in my 2002 book, Agile Software Development Ecosystems. They reflect the state of […]