What is the essence of Agile on a pragmatic perceptive?

A friend asked me this question though Linkedin. “I wondered if you could point me out one or two short tutorials / books containing what you believe is the essence of Agile on a pragmatic perceptive – not only concepts.”
Here is my answer…..
“I can recommend a lot of books and I will let you know the 4 books I’ve enjoyed the most. But Agile is not only about knowing the theory but much more about experience. If you don’t have experience I believe that you will fly much faster by teaming up with an Agile Coach or like for some time – This is really my best advise.
Agile is much more than just following any book, process or coach…it’s about learning as you go along and hereby accepting that the biggest risk you have in any project or product management is the things you don’t know …yet. That’s why you set up a way to work that fit this understanding – and then you inspect and adapt. This is agile in a nut shell and it is really hard for most companies and organisations to implement while management whats predictability and yet everybody knows that the only correct thing about predicting the future is that the prediction is wrong!
So, how can we still make projects on time, above expectations and within budget? Here we need the Business part of the organisation to understand the benefit of Agile and embrace our new way of working with Vision, Specification, Delivery and distribution.
Please read the following fantastic books
But you must really think about how to adopt agile practices into your comapny and I’ll suggest that you start with an Agile Coach to help you.”
See more about what an agile Coach is at “The Road from Project Manager to Agile Coach”


3 thoughts on “What is the essence of Agile on a pragmatic perceptive?

  1. Martin Havemann

    Great advice – I have read 2 of the books (Pichlers and Poppendiecks) and they are both great books that explain core concepts of agile.

    However when looking for the pragmatic essence of agile, I think you should look no further than the agile manifesto and the 12 guiding principles behind it (www.agilemanifesto.org).

    When reading the agile manifesto it shines through that it is written by 12 practioners trying to synthisize their experiences into a few easily remembered heuristics. E.g. look at this principle: “Business people and developers must work
    together daily throughout the project.” – in my view you can’t get much more pragmatic than that.

    You are welcome to look at my blog as well to see more about my views on the agile manifesto and agile development (http://commonsenseoryourmoneyback.blogspot.com)

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