Declaration of Interdependence

I love some of the things that the Agile community comes up with.  I am very excited about the apparent move of this thinking from IT into the rest of the organisation.  I’ve known about the Agile manifesto for a while, but recently came across a new one … the Declaration of inter-dependence.

Here’s what people sign up for:

We are a community of project leaders that are highly successful at delivering results. To achieve these results:

  • We increase return on investment by making continuous flow of value our focus.
  • We deliver reliable results by engaging customers in frequent interactions and shared ownership. 
  • We expect uncertainty and manage for it through iterations, anticipation, and adaptation. 
  • We unleash creativity and innovation by recognizing that individuals are the ultimate source of value, and creating an environment where they can make a difference. 
  • We boost performance through group accountability for results and shared responsibility for team effectiveness. 
  • We improve effectiveness and reliability through situationally specific strategies, processes and practices.

There are so many things here that I wholeheartedly agree with, principles I think that are just as applicable in other areas of the business such as OD, marketing etc.  For example, expecting uncertainty and anticipating the need to adapt.  Unleashing creativity and innovation by creating environments for people to flourish while at the same time ensuring group accountability and team effectiveness.  Continuously focusing on value and shared ownership.  These guys understand that they have to function in a complex environment and that value is mostly delivered through co-evolutionary processes.

It may be time to bring the “IT geeks” into the boardrooms so that they can teach the rest of us how to become more adaptive and agile.

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