What Inspires You The Most About Agile?

When I am asked what inspires me the most about Agile and what actually motivates me to get involved, my first call is to state that I am an exceptional believer in people and the power that the people within an organisation have to impact positive change, survive change, and lead it to success. However, this is not always easy, since change can be challenging for the individuals within the organisation and the businesses themselves.

In response to this challenge, I have found that what truly sets a business up for success is when the organization doesn’t rely on a single person to navigate complexity and uncertainty, but rather when individuals come together as a team to tackle the challenges that are presented in their environment.

Now this often requires a change in mindset that in some way goes against traditional management styles that infantilize people or tend to lay down barriers on what individuals can and can’t do.

I do not agree with this.

Instead, what I have found to be more effective is to inspire individuals and give them the tools and skills needed to perform a particular task. This inspires me the most about Agile; the infinite possibilities that arise from dynamic team contributions, and the Agile philosophy’s genuine focus on bringing out the best in people.

It also lays the foundation for individuals to discover and unleash their full potential.

Furthermore, through Scrum, the emphasis is on collaboration, and a continuous commitment to improvement, which for me is not only a more effective way to get the job done, but also boosts morale within the team and gives team members a chance to better understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

So instead of having a hierarchically organised team, you have a self-organised team that is resilient, independent, confident, and self-sufficient. A tried and proven recipe for optimal creativity and innovation!

Pragmatic Shift is a Scrum Training, Agile Consulting, and Agile Coaching consultancy that specialises in delivering Scrum.Org certified scrum courses, and helping organisations increase their business agility and product development success through agile consulting and coaching.

We firmly believe that a shift to agile is a pragmatic shift. A natural evolution from traditional project management and product management. A proven, reliable, and resilient framework for addressing compelling problems and developing complex solutions.

Over a decade’s worth of experience as an agile practitioner, agile consultant, agile coach, and scrum trainer informs our pragmatic approach to change. Agile dogma has no value in the context of product development or organisational change.

Instead, we look to start where you are, work with what you have, and make meaningful interventions that align with the objectives you are trying to achieve.

Progress over perfection.

If this sounds like a pragmatic solution to you, visit the following pages for more information.

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