Project Management

7 Ways for Individuals and Organizations to Improve Agility

PMI Toronto Chapter

Bruce is the founder of, a resource for growing IT project managers.

Improving agility is essential—and quite challenging to achieve. PMI’s 2021 Pulse of the Profession® report found that only 33% of organizations surveyed stated they have high organizational agility.

With those challenges in mind, what can we do to improve agility? Let’s consider this question from individual and organizational leadership levels. Before diving into the tips, let’s take a moment to define agility.

What Is Agility, and Why Does It Matter?
When I first thought of exploring agility in this article, a few phrases came to mind. A person with high agility can react to change quickly. Speed and the capacity to adjust are essential.

To get on the same page, let’s use the following definition of organizational agility that comes from Aaron De Smet, a senior partner at management consulting firm McKinsey:

“Agility is the ability of an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment.”

This definition of agility has both internal aspects (i.e., the ability of an organization) and external aspects (i.e., the expectation that the environment will continue to change rapidly). Agility matters because organizations that cannot change and thrive will likely fail or fall short of their potential.

Agility Starts With You
Our foundation starts …

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"There is more to life than increasing its speed."

- Mahatma Gandhi