Is “Agile” a Misused IT Word? – Or Just Misunderstood?

Ok. I had fun creating this poorly crafted photoshop. But when I came upon a blog that talked about misunderstood IT words the first thing that popped into my head was:

“These kids with gold and diamond grills in their mouths.”

I’m sure they would say that they dont’ misuse gold and diamonds. We (the public) just don’t understand them.

So is “Agile” a misunderstood word? I recently had coffee with a fellow Agile coach, Andrew Fuqua (@andrewmfuqua), and we talked about the necessity for Agile-thought leaders to continue to blog, continue to write, continue to educate. There is a ton of noise out there. Not all of it positive, nor really informative.

As Agile continues to grow it is imperative that Agile bloggers continue to write about what Agile is, and what it isn’t. They need to continue to write about ways that Agile is evolving and how to apply Agile to not only software development, but possibly, your personal life!

Agile means a lot of different things to different people. As we move into 2011, let’s continue to write about Agile, the basics, and how to pragmatically apply it to bring value to your business.

Go on!

So what is “Agile” mean to you?

[HT: IAG Consulting]


See how businesses need to change in this very interesting talk by Gary Vaynerchuk. A very influential person within the realm of social media and entrepreneurship.

He’s the author of ‘Crush It’ and a dynamic public speaker. FYI – Talk is a little rough on the language. You’ve been warned!

8 Replies to “Is “Agile” a Misused IT Word? – Or Just Misunderstood?”

  1. You are right the water is very muddy. This is why unless there is some understanding of the basic concepts by the management as well as the developers it rarely works or will be done so badly that it will be declared a failure. It is very hard to introduce Agile to an organization who does not already know how it will change the way things are done. If you don’t see individuals seeking clarification through self education and perhaps outside coaching Agile will remain muddy.

  2. I am interested in how agile management can apply to other businesses and to life as well. I haven’t done a lot of reading or research into the realm, but watched a video on learning scrum and have made an attempt to adapt it to my ministry management. I’m not completely satisfied with the result, but am interested in further exploration.

    I would be interested in being directed to resources that can help me make application without having to necessarily become a “Scrum Master.” 😉

    1. Thanks for the link. We covered that one! That’s exactly why we’re here. We’re here to help out those that want to grow their skills in IT without needing all the certifications and official titles! Keep tuning in my friend!

  3. Perfect timing for this article! 🙂

    I am beginning to meet people/clients in new projects who tell me that they have tried “agile”, failed and as a result are resistant to agile ideas, this hasn’t happened to me the years before… and increasingly worries me. Anyone had similar experience? Perhaps it’s too easy for someone to claim “we are agile”, when they actually aren’t. There are self-assessments, which shouldn’t replace analysis and support from someone knowledgeable outside the organisation, but can give a clear and quick indication how far a team has adapted agile values in my opinion.

    Many greetings from an Uncertified Scrum Servant in Sweden 🙂

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