Living Off an Agile Landscape: Agile Farming vs Gardening (Quincy Jordan)

We have all heard of companies that have ‘gone agile’. ”We’re iterating and doing daily stand ups” they say, but are they really farming Agile or just maintaining a hobby garden. To truly have successful Enterprise Agile, you must make the shift from Agile Gardening to Agile Farming and learn to live off the Agile Landscape. Living off the Agile Landscape is about evolving from one small environment (i.e. Garden) to scaling and system thinking (i.e. Farming). To scale Agile, The Agile Landscape must be cultivated, tilled, irrigated, and fertilized. Meaning, it takes more than collaborative work spaces and morning stand up meetings for an organization to live off an Agile way of being. It takes scaling agile. Scaling through establishing a Community of Practice, building a culture of validated learning across a portfolio of products, providing an atmosphere for safety, engaging areas beyond IT and include outside influencers to development team, and figuring out how to properly cultivate an organization that incentivizes people at an enterprise level to work collaboratively.

Quincy Jordan is a seasoned consultant with over twenty years of consulting experience that has spanned Agile, Lean Start-up, Six Sigma, and Waterfall in domains from IT, Aviation, Finance to Real Estate. He has worked with some of the world’s top companies to transform their organizations into successful Agile eco-systems. There is a passion for seeing others excel in their discipline that drives Quincy to go over and beyond for others. He has a knack for bringing unique insight to clients and drawing the intangibles that matter to the surface of very complex situations to derive simple solutions.

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