What does it mean to have a 100% Agile organization?


This is a question that comes up from time to time and to me, it’s like asking; “What does it mean to be 100% Chinese, Indian,  German or Italian?”

If we have everyone doing Scrum, does that mean we are 100% Agile? That’s like asking, “If I listen to Italian music, eat Italian food, drink Italian wine, and live in Italy, does this make me Italian?” Maybe it does…maybe it doesn’t! If you  have read about my talk at Agile-2011 know where I am going with this. Being 100% Agile to some extent means we cannot explain why we are Agile, we simply are. Why am I Italian? I just am.

I come from a Punjabi culture. While  preparing my talk for Agile-2011, I asked my sister why we value respect and deference to our elders. Her comeback was “The culture of guilt and shame.” We laughed. She reminded me of how if we failed to accord the appropriate respect to our elders, which included our parents’ best friends, we were taken aside and admonished with, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? Go say sorry to your Auntie!” Mom and Dad never explained WHY we should feel ashamed, only that we should…
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AgileTour 2010 – Take Part


AgileTour is fast approaching. The tour is made up of one-day events in cities around the world. There is likely an AgileTour near you. You can find out about the different events here. This year I will be speaking at AgileTour in RTP, near Raleigh, NC. My topic is the Trajectory of Change. This year’s speaker’s line-up is awesome and I am privileged to be among this group of professionals. The RTP AgileTour can be found at: www.takebackthepark.com. Check out the Tour and take part!