The Ultimate Expression of Adaptability

June 26, 2013

My recent Timeless Agility post prompted my friends at Ephlux to reach out to last week to explore the post in greater detail on a recorded Google Hangout session. I talked with Regional Director Martin Harvey for a little over twenty minutes, expanding on some material and answering questions that my post prompted.

Martin asked a really great question on why the rest an organization needs to understand agile, above and beyond the fact that stakeholders could see working software much more often. My response was that seeing working software being delivered on a regular, incremental basis was the easy change when it comes to adopting agile.

You can view my entire conversation with Martin below:



Or click here to view it on the Ephlux website.

Bridging the Gap from Doing Agile to Being Agile

June 19, 2013

I’ve been iterating over a simple agility model the past few weeks, and after some additional reflection I determined that last week’s revision did not work for me. I decided to use this week to simplify the model, capturing what I want to represent as fundamental agility:


The center represents how agile is built on a foundation of a lean and learning organization; wrapped around the center are the interrelated personal, team, and organizational entities that need to support agility by understanding and adopting the values and principles from the center.

Specific implementations such as Scrum or XP aren’t a part of this model, which helps to differentiate that the various frameworks, practices and techniques are tools that support agility because they don’t make you agile any more than picking up a hammer makes you a carpenter.

The Fundamental Principle for Applying Agile

June 12, 2013

I’ve presented an agility model in my past couple of posts, with the intent of this model to provide a means to explore what it means to be agile. After a little more thought, I feel that I need to add a couple of things. First, I want to strengthen the model to provide greater clarity:


The core now explicitly lists the three foundational components:

Changing the Agile Conversation

June 5, 2013

In my last post on Timeless Agility, I introduced a simple model that I want to use as a tool in my Foundations for Leading Agile Change course that I’m developing:


Not only do I want to use this model as a learning tool, I want this to be a tool to change the conversation. And what conversation is that?