Adopting or Adapting Agility

I often come across people who wonder how they can adopt agile practices. This is a fair question and I often spend some time explaining that agility is not really an important goal. Agility is just a means to an end and that end is to deliver better business value. I like this goal because it is can never be fully realized – there are always ways to get better.

I recently listened to a webinar by ThoughtWorks on agile readiness assessment and I am reading Agile Adoption Patterns: A Roadmxap to Organizational Success, by Amr Elssamadisy, © 2009 Pearson Education Inc.. Both of these are excellent resources and I decided to write a white paper that combines agile assessment with adoption and adaption. I included adaption because some agile teams reach a plateau and need an approach that pushes them through to the next level.

Adopting or adapting agile practices requires a strategy that aligns your team’s agile goals with your overall business goals.

Please feel free to download the white paper and let me know what you think!

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  1. Garry Seto:

    Hi Declan,

    Your white paper has some good information on how to start moving towards an agile process as well as how to identify areas of improvement. I’d definitely recommend using it as a guide towards improving development processes. From my own personal experiences trying to move my team towards a more Agile approach, it was slower at first but the most important benefit I found was the increased collaboration between teams and a greater sense of involvement and ownership from everyone involved.


  2. Garry Seto:

    One more thing… funny how that first trackback link has pretty much nothing to do with your post other than sharing the word, “Agility”!

  3. dwhelan:


    I totally agree with you that the collaboration and ownership on agile teams makes them a joy to work on. I think I would really have a hard time working on a traditional team now.



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