AGILE IS DEAD
Let me start the year 2019 with a brief article. It´s sole objective is to call for reflection and for the iteration of popular, or rather populist, actions.
Agile is dead. The most consistent and effective business science of the last decades together with lean is dead. In fact, it has not only died, it rather has been murdered by ignorance, greed, obtrusiveness and both lack of conscientiousness and professional responsibility.
In fact, Agile already had died years ago and was finally auctioned off in 2018.
Agile died on the very day when people who have never transformed a company by Agile started giving Agile lessons. It died the very day it was reduced to “agile methodologies” and a marketing game worthy of a reality show.I can't imagine any single person giving medical classes without ever having studied medicine and having practiced the discipline for years. Clic para tuitear
Why don’t we owe the same respect to one of the most complex and transformative business philosophies in human history?
Agile cannot be explained by reading books, researching in papers of the most prestigious business schools and not even after being applied for several years. Agile is not simply a news article.
Agile has little to do with applying “visual and fun” tools that help us justify pre-established principles and paradigms that we don’t want to test and (in)validate.Agile is about questioning everything we know. Agile is about replacing ego by humility required for learning with your teams in the uncertainty of innovation. Clic para tuitear Agile does neither create transparency nor mutual trust between leaders and collaborators. It´s transparency and mutual trust that make an Agile organization possible in the first place. Clic para tuitear Agile does not have a roadmap. Agile does not have a manual. Agile proposes principles, values and thought processes that are (in)validated by learning from hundreds of failures in many different sectors and cultures. Clic para tuitear Agile is learnt at the Gemba: where teams create value, where that value is delivered to the customers, where customers (in)validate all our hypotheses and help us iterate by providing facts and data. Clic para tuitear
Please keep in mind:
Agile is not a concept: it is a science and deserves all the respect for science.
Agile is not a marketing game to serve invoicing.
Agile is not to be reduced to agile methodologies.
Agile is not a prefix to serve for any other word that might occur to someone.
Agile is not a toolbox.
Agile is not reduced to Scrum, Kanban, squads or Tribes.
Agile does not allow copy-paste.
Agile is not to be learnt by sitting in front of Powerpoint.
In fact, there is nothing to be learnt by sitting in front of Powerpoint.
Honestly,Has anyone ever learnt to ride a bike by a Powerpoint? Clic para tuitear
Agile is a science. Study it. Apply it. Fail. Learn from each failure (if not, each failure is pointless). Achieve plenty of success. But only when you will have gained the personal experience of many years, then explain Agile to the world so that we all will be able to grow together. Let’s do Agile with the utmost respect for its practice and its continuous (in)validation.
I have a wish for 2019:Let us respect Agile. Let us love Agile. Let us resurrect Agile. Clic para tuitear
Jonathan Escobar Marin
Jonathan Escobar Marin is CEO and Partner of Actio Global Consulting, co-founder and Partner of the firm High-Performance Organization Global Alliance, co-founder and CEO of Inn—Be, a start-up dedicated to High-Performance Education, and member of the advisory board of the OpEx Society and the AXIOM Groupe.