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How the Business-Agile Community Differs from Other Agility Initiatives

Posted in ♦ Community Guidance, ♦ Cross-Organizational, ♦ Gaps to be Closed, ♦ Principles, ♦ Transformation

One of the questions we have received was this: How does our community differ from other agility initiatives? Here is the founders’ perspective. We leave it to the reader to decide what is different.

Our Founding Goals

First and foremost, Business-Agile is not the goal. The primary goal is:

To enable enterprises and the people who work for them to prosper in today’s complex and constantly changing world.

To us, the word ‘agile’ provides what may be the most powerful element to make this goal happen. That’s why we use it. But, let’s keep in mind what agility should mean: The ability to quickly adapt to changing environments.

Our Approach

We start through community contributions from online forums and create blog posts. We may also organize video conferences. How things develop further depends on your thoughtful contributions. Material created by the community will be available under a creative commons license. Existing ownership of copyrights and intellectual property will remain with their owners.

Our Beginning Assumptions

We Accept the Current Situation as It Is
  • Agility at the cross-organizational and enterprise levels is somewhat different than agile for software development or product development.
  • We need agile structures so people in different locations, countries and organizations will head the same directions.
  • Reinventing the wheel and the occurrences of the same problems in different locations need to be prevented.
We Seek What Provides Value
  • We listen to and respect what is contributed.
  • We seek what provides value at the business, cross-organizational and enterprise levels.
  • We seek simple patterns and simple rules that tell us how to navigate through a complex and constantly changing world.
  • Like ice turning into water and water into vapor, we seek the boundaries within which a practice or solution works well, and we seek the other practices that work well outside these boundaries.
  • We seek root causes hiding behind problems and use them to guide us to the effective solutions.
  • We seek ways to create integral solutions; making tools, practices, methods, departments and humans operate as a single entity.
We Want to Avoid
  • Adding additional complexity.
  • Falling back into splitting complex challenges in supposedly manageable parts that nobody feels responsible for.
  • Getting lost in an overload of practices and solutions.
  • Getting lost in analysis paralysis.
To Prevent Getting Lost in Too Many Details, We Give Priority to
  • Contributions through which, with the lowest level of efforts, risks and costs, the highest value can be created for the cross-organizational and/or enterprise levels.
We Envision Providing
  • A few simple principles: Giving people guidance to follow; just like the agile manifesto, but aligned to the cross-organizational and enterprise levels. 
  • Fundamentals: For a successful transformation and lasting agility.
  • Add-ons: To complement the fundamentals.
 
The community founders

Donna Fitzgerald and Eugen Oetringer