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#InsightThursday: An Agile Manifesto Update & the Benefits of Agile

30-Jul-2015 17:30:00 #InsightThursday Agile manifesto Agile
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Is Agile still relevant?

No, we have passed this by now and we need to go back to heavy-weight, cumbersome, end-weighted delivery before we get any benefit, especially in these uncertain digital times when nobody knows what they want...

We are joking, of course, as the readers of the below article agree in their comments. Moreover, you’ll benefit from applying Agile to the whole organisation rather than just your software development teams, Agile allows small failures to lead to success and can help you overcome fear.


The Agile Manifesto - Still relevant, still applicable and not anti-planning

A SearchSoftwareQuality column asked its readers if the Agile Manifesto is still relevant and if it is not outdated. Answers were very clear, saying the manifesto’s core elements ‘remain accurate and useful’. Moreover, it’s highlighted once again that the Agile Manifesto is not anti-planning, however it does promote delivering more work instead of more planning.

Shift your whole organisation to agile

When teams operate in an agile way but the rest of the organisation doesn’t, a lot of tension can arise. Steve Denning writes about how to make the whole organisation agile, including at management level, instead of sticking to a traditional management and partial fixes.

Small failures on the way, big success ahead

In Agile, a failure doesn’t mean the end of the road. Oftentimes it’s a step forward on the path to success. And it’s better to fail fast, so that you can acknowledge the failure and improve faster. Read the full article about Agile and failure being the new success here.

Agile can help you overcome your fear

Introducing Agile to a new environment brings along change, transformation, new roles and a potential discomfort, all of which can spark some fear. The key is to embrace the fear as part of the process and overcome it with the help of Agile.

Apply (more) agile to your entire organisation

Much like the Forbes article on making your whole organisation Agile, this article shows that Agile can be applied to the entire organisation, beyond software development teams. Even if the organisation is massive and has well established processes in place, it will benefit of applying Agile.

Did you read any interesting articles on agile lately? Feel free to share them with us using the comments box below.


Sabina Stoiciu

Sabina Stoiciu

A PR and marketing professional, Sabina enjoys working in a vibrant business environment. She sees Agile as a mindset that enables everyone to think and work differently, achieving better outcomes. Sabina has a bachelor's degree in Communication and PR, and a master's degree in Marketing and Advertising. She previously worked as a Marketing professional for a technical product - a form building platform - where Agile had started to improve the company's performance. Read more