What is... Agile?
Taking the word of the Agile Manifesto "Agile is a set of Values and Principles". This sounds to me like a way to behave and more appropriate, like a mindset. This is why I think that specialists, consultants and other professional persons are mistaken when they refer to Agile like a framework or as an "iterative approach" or others referring exactly to software which I think is deprecated.
Yes, of course it was initiated by a hand of people, to be exactly, 14, known in the software world...and this is why most of the people are making a connection between Agile with Software. So what is Agile, anyway?
We are (Agile) since the beginning of our lives
Yes, of course you can say that Agile is equal to sleeping because when we are born most of the time we are sleeping. But actually I'm referring to the moments when we start exploring our world, at some point in our baby life we start walking, falling and then raising, walking and falling again. This means exactly that it's in our nature to succeed without any exterior help...maybe just guidance.
This is agile' me when I was born. But then the education interfere with school, biases, university came and ruin almost everything. Actually so called educational institutions' activities are helping us to evolve but not efficiently like we are when we are babies. And then we start learning to be agile again.
Why we need to be (Agile)?
In our times where everything evolve so fast and we need to cope with the future which is full of uncertainty. This is where Agile comes into place because it works empirically in that knowledge comes from experience and decisions are based on what is known. The key here is to take decision for short to maximum medium amount of time.
This is applicable on personal level as well as in business. Agile is a set of beliefs that transform into decisions and then into actions. Being Agile is uncovering new ways to evolve by learning from every experience that we live. Doing Agile it's just the way you are applying a process but not the mindset toward success.
Some (final) thoughts
In our digitalisation world, doing agile is not enough, you must be agile. The difference between master and student is very big, but not as you might think, the master has failed many more times that the student can imagine.
The Agile mindset can be applied in different industries and disciplines like the agile project management methodology.
Be agile, fail fast and then move toward success. Look at failure as part of your success. More info right here: SCRUM Fundamentals course.
PS: The dinosaurs disappeared because they weren't agile!
This article is part of a bigger topic called Agile Project Management.