Agile — in its manifesto form — turns 17 this year. Time for an identity crisis befitting an angsty teenager: am I just a system, or am I a way of life? Capital A Agile often refers to a set of codified tools and practices that make up an Agile organization – be it in software engineering, where Agile began, or elsewhere in the organization. Lowercase A agile is more of a “lifestyle,” an approach to managing a business in a way that anticipates the unexpected and is therefore resilient in the face of uncertainty and disruption. ProductCraft contributor Cliff Gilley probably explains it best: “agility is not just something you practice or some tool that you adopt and adapt — it’s a quality that you have, or that you don’t.”
An overwhelming majority of 86% of you voted for lowercase agile in our poll. But the debaters are actually more divided – in fact, this is the first time we’ve had four debaters give four different answers. We have one debater each advocating for one of the binaries, and two debaters who expanded the scope of the discussion. What kind of a/Agile do you practice, and why? Tell us more in the comments below.