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Agile for Non-Software Teams w/ Gil Broza

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Gil Broza is back with a brand new book that answers a question that is asked in every single class I teach.  

Can you use Agile outside of software?

The simple answer is yes. Agile practices are applied in a wide range of fields that are not IT related. What Gil has put together in his new book "Agile for Non-Software Teams: A Practical Guide for Your Journey" is a step-by-step guide to help you begin your non-software Agile journey, and in this episode of The Reluctant Agilist, Gil shares his reasons for writing the book, some of the key ideas and critical factors people should be considering before heading down this path, and when it is not a fit. 

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(if you have stories to share about using Agile outside of software, he'd love to hear from you)

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Thank you for this chat with Gil about his book. Even though I'm in IT project manager, I think I will check it out.

Awesome. I saw this come through my feed somewhere. Definitely want to check out the book and listen to the interview. Thanks!

This is a favorite topic of mine. "Agility" wasn't born in the IT industry, it was introduced into software development and adapted to become a widely recognized set of principles and practices that we're now trying to adapt back into non-IT industries. But it's so ingrained that leaders and coaches in the Agility movement have a difficult time separating software development from Agility "requirements."

For example, I've been told many times that your team cannot be considered Agile if you don't have automated testing or continuous integration. Those are modern expectations for software development, but what if your team isn't producing software? What does automated testing look like in a pharmaceutical laboratory; what is CI in farm equipment manufacturing?

The Scrum organizations love to say that Scrum is a complex problem solving framework that can be applied to any industry, yet their advanced Scrum certifications are very grounded in current software development practices.

The myth that Agility is only for software development is promoted by those within the Agility communities. We need to address this internally before we expect any progress to be made outside software development.

listened to the interview, order two of Gil's books. The books I ordered first. Listening to Gil and his perspectives and thought processes were reassuring in how I tend to work with my teams, clients, and org's.

Agile is a mindset, it feels like a holistic approach to adapting to change and creating value. Just having daily meetings and coaches that help us collaborate around the office can be a game changer in organizations looking to be creative and proactive.

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