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‘Doing Agile’ or ‘Being Agile’: How to Be on the Right Side of the Divide?

Often, business leaders undergoing an agile transformation assume all that’s involved in agile is learning a new framework. However, leaders must understand the agile mindset and exemplify agile values at all levels to build a truly agile organization. In this article at Forbes, Steve Denning explains the steps a company must take while creating an agile enterprise.

Being Agile Versus Doing Agile

Being agile and doing agile are two different things. Doing agile is merely following the policies, principles, framework, and techniques of the agile methodology. Here, organizations lay their focus on what they must do to attain agility. On the contrary, being agile means having an agile mindset. Business leaders prioritize the quality, the team, and their performance. An agile organization focuses more on the thoughts and the behavior that foster agility.

Features of an Agile Organization

To be an agile organization, leaders must embrace agile processes beyond the principles and methodologies. Leaders must talk about the progress of the project, highlight issues, and must help the members take the initiatives to solve the issue rather than remain trapped within the walls of the outlining agile tactics.

To start with, an agile organization must have the following features:

Adaptive: An agile organization will adapt itself to all business undertakings without worrying about the domain of the problem.

Collaborative: In an agile organization, employees must work as a team and not on an individual level.

Communication: In the agile teams, interaction is far more direct and informal.

Continuous Improvement: Unlike doing agile, being agile methodology encourages constant improvement. An agile organization promotes growth in the system’s overall functioning and is receptive to feedback from both internal and external sources.

For an agile organization to be successful, it must do more than just follow an agile framework. A real agile transformation demands cultural shift – one in which an enterprise lives by a set of agile principles and values. If you are interested in learning more, click on

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