There's nothing wrong with the
original Agile Manifesto.

It succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Closed to modification but open to extension, it's the beating heart of all Agile methods.

The original manifesto focuses on Agile teams, not organizations. As Agile organizations are composed entirely of these teams, they naturally apply the original values at all levels to all business functions.

However the original principles of the manifesto don't apply to the organization of teams. Likewise the early Agile value of collective ownership, too extreme for the first manifesto, proves critical to Agile Organizations as decentralized ecosystems.

Agile Organization Values

We are uncovering better ways of developing organizations by doing so and helping others do so. Through this work we have come to value:

Agile Organization Principles

Agile Organization is a pod of dolphins, not a dancing elephant. It doesn't scale Agile to the organization. It de-scales organization to Agile via:

  • eXponential return by stacking growth curves.
  •   Simple design to the elegance of minimum.
  •   Continuous optimization of throughput.
  •   Autonomous teams, self-managing streams.
  •   Learning: triple loop, breadth-first, set-based.
  •   Ecosystems-thinking: whole-board & win-win.

Per the original Manifesto, we uphold these values and principles as closed to modification but open to extension. To be clear, this Manifesto inherits all the values and principles of the original. It's not the last word in agility. We regard it as the next.


Agile Organization Benefits?
What's the difference?

Agile teams self-organize efficiently.
Scaling bolts them onto management hierarchies.
But agile organizations self-manage efficiently.


Self-Propagating Transformation

An organization doesn't need a cadre of external consultants to become agile

A team can't change faster than its most cautious members. So we don't change existing teams or programs, but join progressive individuals into an uncompromised new capability.

The first transatlantic cable began with a steel thread. That fed a machine wrapping threads around it to form a cable. Another wrapping cables around that, cables of cables, and so on.

So as your new capability matures, split it and have the next most progressive join. At every split, change recipients become change agents ...


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