Modern Agile in a Few Words

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What is Modern Agile?

Modern Agile is far broader than the agile framework. It is a concept that considers much more areas. Modern Agile has no roles, responsibilities or fixed frameworks enabling project teams more freedom to get things done.

Photo by Fuu J on Unsplash  |  Modern Agile allows you to have more freedom to get things done.

Instead, it is defined by four guiding principles:
  1. Make People Awesome: We learn people's context and pain points, what holds them back and what they aspire to achieve. All focusing on making them awesome.
  2. Make Safety a Prerequisite: We protect people’s time, information, reputation, money, health and relationships. We always aim to make our collaborations, products and services resilient and safe.
  3. Experiment and Learn Rapidly: We should always learn by doing, and them doing in rapid cycles. Setting up a “safe to fail” environment where people are not afraid to try new things, and when you stuck or slow down, you can then run new experiments.
  4. Deliver Value Continuously: Delivering value continuously requires us to divide large amounts of value into smaller chunks to be delivered safely now rather than later.
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Why use Modern Agile

Modern Agile provides clearer strategies beyond digital practitioners. While Agile is modernising, mainstream Agile adopters in the digital industry are still working the old Agile way. Modern Agile is far wider and broader than the Agile Manifesto. 
Modern Agile is a concept that is taking much more areas into account. It promotes a focus on producing exceptional outcomes and growing an outstanding culture.

Who is it good for and when could you use it?

In my experience, it would be well suited for start up companies, or for any project that contains a lot of uncertainty, where you need experimentation and quicker feedback loops in shorter cycles.
While Agile is modernising, many mainstream Agile adopters working in software are still working in often sluggish processes, using overly bureaucratic tools, frameworks and certifications.

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash | Some consider Agile old school

In Summary

Modern Agile principles provide clearer strategies for the general public. From these strategies, people can derive more effective actions to take for their work. We do this by adding value in small chunks through combining events to be less intrusive and prescriptive. This allows us to adapt and inspect in smaller increments for faster and leaner feedback loops.

Until next time, keep it agile!

See also...
Agile for Agencies