Agile is an Experience...
At its core, Agile is an experience of fast, iterative learning with Higher Purpose.
By breaking complex problems into small pieces and then, Working with Others, passionately focusing on each piece, solutions can be created much faster than traditional process models that utilize Structured Planning.
It is very hard, if not impossible, to understand this Agile experience without personally experiencing it. But once you have had this experience of a Flow State and Accelerated Learning, you will never be the same. The experience creates fast-paced Learning Cycles that ignites our Curiousity in a way that unleashes previously unrecognized potential.
Agile is a Mindset...
Once someone has had the experience of Agile Learning, their mindset shifts and they begin to introduce this experience into other areas of their life.
Agile is a Practice...
Once people had an Agile experience and began to adopt an Agile Mindset, they began developing practices to support them. These practices have been bundled into different sets of "frameworks".
There are scores of different frameworks. One of the most common Agile frameworks is called Scrum . In this framework, Learning Cycles are called sprints, the team solving the problem is called a scrum, and the team leader is called a scrum master. Sprints are generally 1-2 weeks long and they iterate toward a solution called an epic.
But note that, in Agile, there is no single framework or set of practices that are universal - they often are adjusted by the nature of the team, its challenge, and the organization.
As a result, Agile can feel a bit messy and difficult to explain. For this reason, it is critical to first first understand the experience and the mindset.
For Agile to be effective, four critical ingredients must be present: - **Purpose** that is clear and meaningful - **Trust** that creates the safety for team members to risk failure - **Experimentation** is encouraged - **Commitment** to deliver new value quickly
**Agile is a Paradigm...**
When the Agile Development movement was launched in 2001, it set out to transform the process of developing software. It was so effective, that its principles began to be adopted by managers in other parts of organizations.
Agile Management is now transforming how companies are being managed in the new innovation economy.
Our traditional model of education was based on the industrial economy's paradigm of the production line. A new paradigm is needed. Agile Education is now unleashing the potential of the human creative spirit and prepare the talent needed for the new innovation economy.
All three of these Agile manifestations share a common core, Agile Learning.