Introduction to Agile 2
The Agile experiment was only a partial success: Agile now needs to pivot!
The Agile movement took us away from big up-front plans, micromanagement, and projects-by-numbers. It shifted the focus from big initiatives to small teams, from big promises to incremental deliveries, and from handoffs between specialists to collaboration and self-sufficiency.
But it dismissed the importance of leadership, structure, forethought, and individual differences. It defined one-size-fits-all practices, often favoring some styles of work over others, and too often defined by frameworks or methodologies that were pushed in an all-or-nothing way by their most ardent advocates. Despite its technical roots, Agile also quickly devalued the importance of engineering; and it did not even mention the importance of information and data – things that were strategically important when Agile was born and are even more so today.
These are not small things. We therefore realized that a fresh start was needed – not an incremental one: a start that is informed by the first Agile experiment, but that does not hesitate to make major departures: a new beginning. We call it Agile 2.
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Some Agile 2 Talks
Riphah International University Agile 2 symposium (2021-May-22):
- Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7O9oJ8Toy8
- Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG304piWslY
Lisa’s talk for Expert Agile Club:
Talk at Agile Xpertise meetup:
Salah Elleithy’s Coaching Conversation:
Lisa’s talk at Agile20Reflect:
Cliff’s Future talk at Agile20Reflect:
Some Agile 2 Articles
Raj’s article “The Missing Interface Between Agile and Leadership”:
In Project Management Today: