The Truth About Agile
Do you need to breathe new life into agile principles in your organization? In 2001, 17 leaders in the software development industry came together to create the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Today, 30 fifteen year olds in Denver, CO, are tackling their English homework according to the four values and 12 principles that these leaders outlined. The agile movement started spontaneously at precisely the right moment, as the pace of change in the world was accelerating exponentially. But how did agile principles used in software development end up in public high school? If you’ve been in the industry for any time, you’ve heard the word “agile” thrown around a time or two. Perhaps you’ve been part of an “agile transformation” or attended a certification course for scrum or kanban. In the 20 years since the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was drafted, “agile” has taken on a life of its own. But what is “agile” really, and what does it mean for you? Is it story points and two week deadlines? Is it kumbaya and “soft skills”? First, we’ll get into some fundamental truths and real talk about what it means to be agile in today’s changing world. Then, book-ended by the story of 30 fifteen year olds in an agile classroom in Denver, we’ll reactivate the 12 agile principles and inspire you to create a new experience for yourself and others.