The Elusive Agile Mind-Set

Assuming your organisation has already decided that the Agile approach is the way ahead – the first and most important step is MindSet

Sometimes “doing” Agile can feel like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. The deck chairs are things like Sprints with no defined measure of success, or User Stories which only have meaning to developers with no clear Acceptance Criteria.

Assuming your organisation has already decided that the Agile approach is the right fit for its values and desired outcomes, the first, most important and permanent step is MindSet.

MindSet is more important than putting in place the mechanics of Agile.

MindSet cannot be forced upon people – which means an organisation should think carefully about who comprises the teams and what their roles and responsibilities are.

MindSet is hard to define in general and often depends on the nature of the organisation and what it is trying to achieve.

That said, here are a few pointers to help you come to your own conclusion about what an Agile MindSet means to you:

Respect (including a psychologically “safe space”) in the Agile team

Collaboration – being proactive and contributing to continuous improvement

Purpose – common at a team level and potentially different at an individual level

Focus on being able to deliver value

Adaptability – e.g. in your own values and beliefs

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