Agile in 100 words

Introducing Agile into your software development projects, or other organizations in your company or into your life has produced
wonderful, empowering results for many people – myself included.  I often get asked “What is Agile, in simple terms?”  Here is my attempt to boil it down to 100 words which will hopefully resonate for everyone, regardless of your background.

Agile is an approach to problem solving.  We tackle big projects by breaking them down into small, deliverable chunks.  After each chunk is completed, we inspect it and adjust based on what we learn.  We prioritize each chunk based on its value, to ensure we work on the most important stuff first. We work as a team where smart people get together face-to-face to brainstorm solutions to complex problems.  We succeed as a team and measure our progress to immediately address any roadblocks.  We strive to deliver more chunks with higher quality and clear value on a frequent, sustainable basis.


What do you think?  What is missing?  Does that make sense to people who aren’t part of this movement?  I would love to hear what you think.




To learn more, please reference the book Change, Inc.: An Agile Fable of Transformation available on

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