Agile Evolution: Embracing True Agility for Impactful Outcomes in Today's Economy

Agile once felt like a breath of fresh air. It promised a more human way to work, focusing on collaboration, flexibility, and delivering real value to customers. But as we've moved forward, something's changed. The essence of what made Agile so appealing seems to have gotten lost in the noise. It's like we've been so busy trying to "do Agile" that we've forgotten to be agile.

16 February 2024

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The truth is, Agile has become a bit of a buzzword. Everywhere you look, there are new certifications, methodologies, and consultants promising to transform your organisation.

But in this rush to adopt Agile, we've often missed the point. It's not just about sticking to a set of practices; it's about embracing a mindset that values adaptability, learning, and a genuine connection with the work we do and the people we serve.

And let's talk about Agile Coaches for a moment. They're supposed to help guide us through this transformation, but sometimes, it feels like they're trying to wear too many hats. Instead of clearing the path, it can feel like they're adding to the confusion, making it harder for teams to find their own way to be truly agile.

Now, throw in the current economic climate, and things get even more complicated. We're in a time where every penny counts, and we need to be smart about where we invest our energy and resources.

This isn't the moment for fluff or unnecessary complexity. It's a time for focusing on what really matters: making a tangible impact and keeping our businesses healthy and resilient.

This shift in perspective is leading us to a more outcome-oriented approach. Instead of getting caught up in the rituals of Agile, we're starting to ask ourselves, "What are we really trying to achieve?"

This is where strategy and Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) come into play. They help us cut through the clutter and focus on setting and hitting targets that will genuinely move the needle for our businesses.

The conversation around Agile is evolving. It's not about declaring Agile dead; it's about recognising that our approach needs to mature. We need to move beyond labels and frameworks to a place where being agile means being deeply connected to our work, making smart decisions based on our current reality, and focusing on delivering real value.

In essence, it's time to bring the human element back to the forefront. The future isn't just about being Agile with a capital "A"; it's about agility in its truest form—adapting, learning, and growing together as we navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead.

By combining this agile mindset with a clear focus on outcomes and operational efficiency, we can create organisations that are not only more responsive and resilient, but also places where people feel connected to their work and to each other.

So, let's take a step back, breathe, and remember why we started on this journey in the first place. It's about making our work and our organisations more human, more connected, and ultimately, more effective in the face of constant change. This isn't the end of Agile; it's a new beginning, one that asks us to be more thoughtful, more focused, and more genuine in how we approach our work and our lives.

Mike Horwath

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Mike Horwath

Mike is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of 1ovmany. He is also the Co-Author of The OKR Method a Strategy & OKR Expert and at times an Executive Business Transformation Coach.

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