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The Difference Between Doing Agile and Being Agile

Agile is a popular project management methodology with various frameworks. However, practicing Agile processes doesn’t necessarily mean they are truly Agile organizations. This distinction lies between “doing Agile” and “being Agile.”

Doing Agile involves implementing Agile processes, such as using iterative approaches, Kanban boards, or Scrum frameworks. Organizations adopt non-hierarchical team structures, create roles like product owner, and use Agile estimation techniques and planning tools.

Being Agile requires adopting an Agile mindset throughout the organization. It involves an Agile transformation where every employee embraces the Agile Manifesto’s values and principles. This mindset allows for quick adaptation to change and continuous learning.

The key difference is that being Agile demands a deeper commitment and a shift in thinking, taking years to achieve. It’s not just about following Agile processes; it’s about embodying Agile principles. Organizations that only implement Agile processes without the mindset are engaging in “fake Agile.” True agility requires an Agile mindset, not just Agile practices.

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