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Should all leaders be taught Agile values and principles?
Most organisations now talk about 'business agility' or 'being agile'. At the same time, to achieve business agility or enterprise wide agile transformation.

Given this, do you think all leaders should be trained in Agile values, principles and the consequent behaviours they need to practice?

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There are not agile values and principles. What people call agile values and principles is something that has been wrote inside the Manifesto for Agile Software Development which is about software only. In fact, what people call values inside the manifesto are not value statements at all. So, Agile is about enteprise architecture as was defined when Agile was created in 1990 outside the software domain. We need to stop, in my humble opinion, on thinking that values or principles related to agile exists. There are values related to the company which are part of the enterprise architecture and will help to create and Agile based architecture.
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1 reply by Wade Harshman
Sep 08, 2020 7:32 AM
Wade Harshman
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I am going to slightly disagree with you but only so you can teach me and make me a better person.

I believe the values and principles expressed in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development are (mostly) applicable outside software development. You may have to alter a few words (change "working software" to "working product," for example), and your practical application may look very different from software development. But beyond some adaptation, I think many industries can adopt the same values and principles: putting people first, responding to change, customer collaboration, trust your project teams, etc.

This is over-simplistic, but I like to summarize that software developers learned many lessons from other industries (i.e. aerospace, manufacturing) and now other industries are learning from software development.
Prabhaker -

I believe it is valuable for all leaders to develop an agile mindset regardless of the industry or domain they lead and regardless of what life cycles or approaches are utilized to translate strategy into reality within their companies.

Without this, they risk having their companies left behind in the dust by the competitors whose leadership teams HAVE adopted agile mindsets and they risk losing their most talented staff...

Kiron
Sergio and Kiron both make excellent points. Agile transformation initiatives ought to be driven by business leaders, not by IT departments within organisations.

The values and principles of the agile manifesto (i.e. the manifesto for agile software development) are part of the problem rather than the solution. Those values and principles are concerned with software development, not the enterprise. Prabhaker, if you have some other values and principles in mind then please say so.
Great points from everyone.

Agile and Agility is a mindset and behavior which is applicable to everyone in an organization to reach common goal or vision.

Change starts with influential and decision making members of the organization thus leaders need to change and demonstrate to the team about agile mindset and behavior.

Values and Principles are not to be confused with the mindset and behavior. Keep in mind path is different from destination. There are various paths to reach a single destination.
It is true that 'agile' originally belonged exclusively to software development. But at present, co-opting the agile mindset increases enterprises agility that leads to great gain. Thus my personal opinion is that Leaders should be taught agile values and principles
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Sep 04, 2020 2:27 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Sorry, but "agile originally belonged exclusive to software development" is not true. Agile was create long time before it was used in software development. I am writing this because I was part for both movements from the beginning. Agile is nothing to be about mindset and principles. And think that is a misinterpretation an misunderstanding about the Agile Manifesto for Software Development just in case somebody need to implement Agile in the software field.
Sep 04, 2020 11:47 AM
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It is true that 'agile' originally belonged exclusively to software development. But at present, co-opting the agile mindset increases enterprises agility that leads to great gain. Thus my personal opinion is that Leaders should be taught agile values and principles
Sorry, but "agile originally belonged exclusive to software development" is not true. Agile was create long time before it was used in software development. I am writing this because I was part for both movements from the beginning. Agile is nothing to be about mindset and principles. And think that is a misinterpretation an misunderstanding about the Agile Manifesto for Software Development just in case somebody need to implement Agile in the software field.
Excellent points Sergio, Kiron David and others. As some have rightly clarified, it is a misconception that Agile is exclusively for software, despite some of the principles of the Manifesto referring to software.

In fact the very concept of Agile values and principles has gone beyond the manifesto itself. At the enterprise level agile transformation now encompasses adoption of a wide range of concepts including design thinking, lean startup principles, strategy-portfolio-deliverable alignment, enterprise-wide cross functional team set up, etc.

In fact, in my own experience, what we do at enterprise level goes much beyond what can be called Agile. But for better or worse, the term Agile stuck :). The term is used for a much larger transformation and change management effort.

So, when referring to Agile values and principles to be taught to leaders, what is meant is not just the manisfesto but a wide range values embedded in these larger concepts.

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While many talk about becoming Agile, there is large misconception on what Agile actually is. Most focus on a certain practice and ceremonies, which often leads to failure and disappointment.
Agile is about a mindset change first. You have to think about delivering value first and then look for ways to implement it within your company. Thus, training management to understand Agile before setting out on the adoption is a great idea. The more knowledge on the mindset, the more chances of success in my opinion.
Sep 03, 2020 10:27 AM
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There are not agile values and principles. What people call agile values and principles is something that has been wrote inside the Manifesto for Agile Software Development which is about software only. In fact, what people call values inside the manifesto are not value statements at all. So, Agile is about enteprise architecture as was defined when Agile was created in 1990 outside the software domain. We need to stop, in my humble opinion, on thinking that values or principles related to agile exists. There are values related to the company which are part of the enterprise architecture and will help to create and Agile based architecture.
I am going to slightly disagree with you but only so you can teach me and make me a better person.

I believe the values and principles expressed in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development are (mostly) applicable outside software development. You may have to alter a few words (change "working software" to "working product," for example), and your practical application may look very different from software development. But beyond some adaptation, I think many industries can adopt the same values and principles: putting people first, responding to change, customer collaboration, trust your project teams, etc.

This is over-simplistic, but I like to summarize that software developers learned many lessons from other industries (i.e. aerospace, manufacturing) and now other industries are learning from software development.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Sep 08, 2020 7:48 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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I agree about you can change the manifesto and apply it to other domains than software. In fact, just to comment, I was the leader of the Community of Interest in Agile inside the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter and this was one of the works with did putting it in practice inside organizations. Generally speaking, there is a hugh misunderstanding about Agile. Agile is a matter of enterprise architecture. And there is a hugh misunderstanding about the Manifesto. Inside the Manifesto you have principles but there is not a declaration of values. What people take as value is just a list of things that Manifesto┬┤s writers found valuable which is not the same than a declaration of values. At end, in my personal opinion which I can sustain, the important thing do not fail is do not think that Agile is about mindset or things like that because while those things have to be taken into account those are components inside the architecture that has to be created to face unpredictable and unplanned changes and to create unpredictable and unplanned changes.
Sep 08, 2020 7:32 AM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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I am going to slightly disagree with you but only so you can teach me and make me a better person.

I believe the values and principles expressed in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development are (mostly) applicable outside software development. You may have to alter a few words (change "working software" to "working product," for example), and your practical application may look very different from software development. But beyond some adaptation, I think many industries can adopt the same values and principles: putting people first, responding to change, customer collaboration, trust your project teams, etc.

This is over-simplistic, but I like to summarize that software developers learned many lessons from other industries (i.e. aerospace, manufacturing) and now other industries are learning from software development.
I agree about you can change the manifesto and apply it to other domains than software. In fact, just to comment, I was the leader of the Community of Interest in Agile inside the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter and this was one of the works with did putting it in practice inside organizations. Generally speaking, there is a hugh misunderstanding about Agile. Agile is a matter of enterprise architecture. And there is a hugh misunderstanding about the Manifesto. Inside the Manifesto you have principles but there is not a declaration of values. What people take as value is just a list of things that Manifesto┬┤s writers found valuable which is not the same than a declaration of values. At end, in my personal opinion which I can sustain, the important thing do not fail is do not think that Agile is about mindset or things like that because while those things have to be taken into account those are components inside the architecture that has to be created to face unpredictable and unplanned changes and to create unpredictable and unplanned changes.
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