The most important "agile" principle
June 7, 2021Without a culture of learning, any agile framework, process, or workflow will stagnate and ultimately fail.
I recently came upon an online discussion about the most important agile principle to teach to a new group or team.
There’s one agile principle that isn’t found verbatim in the manifesto, but I think is pretty clearly present:
A culture of learning.
Without this, any agile framework, process, or workflow will stagnate and ultimately fail.
With it, even without a framework, process, or workflow in place, your team will begin to converge on well-known best practices.
After all, the Manifest for Agile Software Development didn’t invent anything new. It only recognized what had already been discovered by a number of experienced software developers, who had been (and continue to) demonstrate a culture of learning.
"Agile" isn't the goal
It's easy to find examples of of books and conferences dedicated to "Agile." But Agile has never been the goal.
Normally when we think of up-skilling, we think of taking a class. But what if you never use that knowledge? A knowledge option is a tool to reduce this risk.
What's the best way to find areas for agile improvement?
Don't be the hammer only looking for nails.