Agile … is an attitude, not a technique with boundaries. An attitude has no boundaries, so we wouldn’t ask “can I use agile here”, but rather “how would I act in the agile way here?” or “how agile can we be, here?”
— Alistair Cockburn

Doing Agile is not the same as Being Agile

Doing Agile Being Agile
Key word Processes Mindset
Summary Learning the practices and applying them without knowing / understanding the principles behind them Understanding and adopting the principles and values underlying Agile and Scrum, to guide how the practices are applied
Evidence “Scrum, but …”
Cargo cult Agile
Relationships, Safety, Trust
Joy at Work
Delighted customers
Outlook to Future
  • Kanban boards, daily scrums, Sprints
  • 20% benefit
  • Rules and procedures
  • Improved visibility, communication
  • Increased productivity
  • Some ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Improved quality
  • Reduced risk
  • Inspect / adapt
  • Empiricism
  • Agile mindset
  • 200%+ benefit
  • Principles and values
  • Employee engagement
  • Leadership at all levels
  • Joy at work
  • Engagement
  • Customer delight
  • Innovation, creativity
  • Continuous learning
  • 12 principles, 4 values of Agile
  • Scrum values
  • Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Trust

Agile is a mindset defined by values, guided by principles, and manifested through many different practices.