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By Jim Highsmith

The agile software program circulate has now been round for a whole decade. As coauthor of the unique Agile Manifesto, Jim Highsmith has been at its middle because the starting. he is spent the earlier decade assisting enormous quantities of firms transition to agile / lean. by way of agile, he is obvious it all–in quite a few industries, around the globe. Now, in Adaptive management, he has compiled, up-to-date, and prolonged his top writings approximately agile and lean tools for a administration viewers. Highsmith does not simply show what is operating and what is not; he deals a robust new imaginative and prescient for extending agility around the company.

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In the last 10 years, agile delivery has often moved from the unconventional to the conventional, from the maverick to the conformist. So what now? The roots of agility lie in complex adaptive systems and the notion of operating at the edge of chaos, that knife-edged balancing point between chaos and stifling structure. ) of the agile movement, we can’t forget that agility isn’t about structure, practices, and conventions. Instead, agility is ultimately about living on the edge, pushing the envelope, standing out in a crowd, and being lopsided in a world of conformity.

From a focus on standardization, optimization, and cost control, the focus shifts to innovative uses of emerging technologies such as social media, cloud computing, and mobile devices; speed to market; flexibility to follow changing opportunities; and building new products and services. The re-skilling of IT staff—from technologies to business understanding to managing complex projects—will be critical to making the transition to generating IT value in the future. MORE T HAN SOFTWARE : INTEGRATING E CONOMICS , PRODUCT, AND SOCIAL R ESPONSIBILITY We often compartmentalize our lives—work goes here, politics goes there, social responsibility goes somewhere else.

Rich information flows in an ecosystem balanced at the edge of chaos define the most effective pattern for generating emergent results. Simple, generative rules guide the creation of complex behaviors. The Agile Manifesto principle that individuals and interactions are more important than process and tools is a reflection of these complexity principles. Individuals are independent, and it is the interaction between those individuals that creates innovative (emergent) results. If these agents are guided by a simple set of rules (the Agile Manifesto, for example) rather than volumes of processes and procedures, they have a much better chance of responding to the complexity of the world around them.

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