Growing Agile

‘When you go into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.’

Robert Fulghum

Let’s face it. Agile is no picnic. The problem with Agile is that it suffers from the same perception problem as Common Sense. Just because we call something Common Sense doesn’t make it Common Practice. Likewise, the Agile (XP) Values, Principles and Practices may sound simple, however, they’re anything but easy when it comes to applying them, both for the individual and for the team.

One of the most important lessons learnt I’m constantly reminded of is the effect of introducing Agile into an organisation, small, medium or large.

Agile demands we learn and improve. Many people approach learning about Agile as they would quadratic equations. Agile isn’t something you learn from a short presentation or a two day course. I think Agile takes a lifetime to master. Most important of all, saying we’re keen to learn isn’t enough. We have to be committted to changing ourselves for the better.

Words I wish I wrote

Learning to become agile is one of the greatest challenge any team or individual faces. That’s because it brings out the best in people and the worst in people. You don’t have to do it alone. You certainly shouldn’t tolerate bad behaviour. A little courage and a lot of solidarity goes a long way.

2 Responses to “Growing Agile”

  1. dyan writes:

    These are words I wish I wrote.
    It’s hard to come up with a clearer, more concise description of what Agile really feels like.
    If Agile were a blog post, this would definitely be it.

  2. portiatung writes:

    Hi Dyan,

    Many thanks for your feedback. I look forward to receiving more feedback on how you think I can improve this blog for the readers!

    – Portia

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