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The Agile Mindset

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The Agile Mindset

These sentences summarise why we are Agile Mindset enthusiasts...

These sentences summarise why we are Agile Mindset enthusiasts...

  The Agile Mindset starts with the Agile Values:
 

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan


The opposite of Agile is rigid or bureaucratic. 

Agile is more about being nimble than it is about speed.


An organisation which is Agile is able to:

  1. Respond to change quickly
  2. Reduce complex problems into bitesize chunks
  3. Break things down into manageable pieces which can be delivered quickly
  4. Follow a high-level roadmap while adapting to change
  5. Make evidence-based decisions by responding to empirical data
  6. Deliver value early and often – and iterates regularly
  7. Start small and experiment
  8. Just get it done!


Agile is a collection of ideas, frameworks and practices which include Scrum, Kanban, DevOps, Lean, Continuous Improvement, and so on. Many Agile professionals apply elements from more than one framework to get things done. 


Having an Agile Mindset is the key. Following a framework too religiously almost always leads to problems. Some of the best Agile frameworks may have not yet been invented.


Agile was originally envisioned to deliver software. However it is a mindset which can applied to almost every aspect of business or life.


Scrum is a framework for getting complex problems solved and delivered at the highest possible value and get them delivered quickly.

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These sentences summarise why we are Agile Mindset enthusiasts...

These sentences summarise why we are Agile Mindset enthusiasts...

These sentences summarise why we are Agile Mindset enthusiasts...

End users and Feedback

1. User-centric, iterative, incremental, early delivery of Value with a fast feedback loop. 

2. Building the right thing and building the thing right.


Decision Making

3. Empirical, evidence based decision making. 

4. Transparency, a visible process, allowing for continuous Inspection and Adaptation.


Teamwork and team members

5.  Collaborating, self-organising, cross-functional teams, supported by emotionally intelligent servant leaders. 

6. Continuous improvement and continuous personal growth in a safe, exciting and motivating environment


Outcomes

7. Deliver early, deliver often. Delivering value, faster, better, more cost effectively. 

8. Dealing with complexity and responding to change while reducing risk.


Risk Management

9. Start small. Experimenting and problem solving to reduce complexity and increase predictability.

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The Benefits of an Agile Mindset

These sentences summarise why we are Agile Mindset enthusiasts...

The Benefits of an Agile Mindset

Increased Value

Increased Flow

Reduced Waste


Delivering what customers actually want and need

Delivering Value early and often


Increased morale and performance


Increased Collaboration

Increased Accountability

Increased Transparency

Reduced Bureaucracy


Reduced Risk


Increased Cost Control

Increased Problem Solving Ability


Early Revenue Generation

Reduced time Financially "in the red"


Increased Responsiveness to Change

Using all the Brains in the Organisation


Continuous Improvement


Lightweight Governance

Agile Resources

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The Agile Manifesto - Values and Principles

The Scrum Guide - 14 pages of distilled information

Test your knowledge - Scrum.org offers free assessments, which you can repeat to build confidence.

​Scrum.org for information, accreditation and community

Enterprise agility: Buzz or business impact? How Agility benefits the bottom line - McKinsey & Co

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