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What is Agile? | Agile Business Consortium

What is Agile?

Agile is a mindset and it is used to describe an alternative way of working
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What is Agile?

Agile is a mindset, that is defined by four core values.

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

It is used to describe an alternative way of working. By adopting an agile process, teams can stay productive and focused on customer needs, being able to adapt to increasingly complex and uncertain environments. Agile has a specific focus on people and providing useful outputs as you go rather than waiting right until the end to deliver something of value to the client.

Agile businesses work faster, better and deliver greater value for money – delighting customers, motivating staff and so driving profit.

The definition of agile is to be “able to move quickly and easily” or to be “able to think and understand quickly”.

Agile Projects

The term 'agile' is often misunderstood and consequently there are many interpretations of what it is. Although agile has its roots in software delivery, it has now grown well beyond this to be much more. It is more than a set of methods, practices and behaviours. Agile is about delivering value for an organisation, however that value might be defined.

An agile business can respond quickly and effectively to opportunities and threats found in its internal and external environments (be they commercial, legal, technological, social, moral or political).

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Become a Member

Membership is a way of connecting with the agile community, helping one another with ideas, techniques and spreading the word of agile among businesses and individuals.

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The Framework for Business Agility

The Framework for Business Agility is designed to help organisations become more adaptive, creative and resilient. It has been developed in consultation with Consortium members and other agility practitioners who have contributed their real-world experience to its creation.

The framework illustrates the elements required to make any organisation truly agile. Running projects and business operations in an agile way is a key part of business agility, but they won’t make an organisation agile on their own. Agile businesses also need an agile strategy including an agile approach to their market.

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About Us

The Agile Business Consortium is the professional body for Business Agility, and our high value, low cost membership is open to everyone.

Wherever you are on your journey to agility, we are there to support you. We create and share agile research, case studies, resources and tools that help you to compete in today’s disrupted world.

We’ve been contributing to agile knowledge for 25 years and are the world’s oldest agility-orientated organisation. A registered not-for-profit, we’re the brains behind AgilePM®, AgileBA®, AgilePgM® and AgileDS™. Over 100,000 people around the globe are now AgilePM certified.


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