In today’s market, change is inevitable. You can either wait for it to happen to you, or make it work for you. The most effective leaders understand this, and that’s why the Scrum Alliance was created: to give organizations the tools to embrace and catalyze change while aligning and empowering your team to deliver more customer value.
 
With the shackles of Industrial Revolution-era practices falling away in favor of true speed to market and adaptability, agility is on the rise. Just as driving change in an evolving workplace is a constant process, so is the need to invest in Agile leadership to stay on the cutting edge of innovation, transforming the world of work, and enjoying the work-life balance and benefits of Agile in the workplace.
 
So...what does being Agile mean? What is “agility” in this context? We define the terms as such:

  • Agility: A property of an organization to sense and respond to market changes and continuously deliver value to customers.
  • Agile: An organizational approach and mindset defined by the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto, often practiced through a framework like Scrum.
Originally, developed for software teams and departments, the Agile Manifesto,is the keystone businesses can expect to evolve the concepts to uniquely fit their organizations:
 
  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

The Forbes Insights research report, “The Elusive Agile Enterprise” is titled so with intention: Creating an organization that is truly Agile--while recognized by four out of five CEOs as the single most important characteristic of successful organizations—is not an accomplishment most business leaders find easy.

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