Agile is a mindset. This is important to understand and reflect upon as you begin, or continue, your Agile journey. Remember you’re learning a new mindset as an individual, as a team, and as an organization. To help us go further, I’d like to offer the simple analogy of a tree, The Tree of Agility:
The importance of The Tree of Agility analogy is not just the evolution of the tree from the roots upward, but also the applicability of anti-patterns in most companies who are investigating Agile. They often start DOING some of the practices and think they are BEING Agile. They mask their old process with outwardly visible practices of daily stand-ups while never addressing the underlying mindset. The result is that when the seasons change – for example the company gets a new CIO – the leaves fall off and die. However, if the organizational culture and mindset was rooted in the Agile values & principles, the culture survives changing seasons and thrives! This is the difference in BEING Agile vs. DOING Agile, and the difference between long term prosperity vs. wasting time and money with no sustainable result.
Where is your current focus in the tree? Where is the focus of your organization? Are you rooted in the values, or grasping at leaves?
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