What is “Agile”

To most people, it’s a buzzword. They probably associate the word with tech startups, daily “standup” meetings, or with the division of work into short phases or “sprints”.

Quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe: an agile leap.
Active; lively: an agile person.
Marked by an ability to think quickly; mentally acute or aware: She’s 95 and still very agile.

Quick. Well-coordinated. Responsive. Adept.

The core of agile is the Agile manifesto, a set of principles by which businesses can gear themselves towards those desirable characteristics. Those principles encourage teamwork, self-organization and accountability. These principles have been translated into a number of management methodologies, which makes “agile” an umbrella term:

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