What is Agility?

Business agility is a state of being – a mindset built on the desire to harness change for our competitive advantage. 

Economic and cultural events over the last several decades have demonstrated again and again the futility of "following a plan" in the face of continuous and overwhelming change.  Agile methodologies and frameworks provide the structure necessary to balance business value delivery needs with empowered teams to accelerate product delivery, increase project visibility, align business and IT strategies, and improve organizational culture

Research from McKinsey & Company (2020) shows that a successful, holistic Agile transformation at an enterprise-level produces significant gains in several organizational outcomes:

Up to 30% increase in customer satisfaction

Up to 30%  increase in Employee Engagement

30%-50%  improvement in Operational Performance

20%-30%  increase in Financial Performance

So how do we start? 

Improving organizational agility takes time and commitment from all levels. Additionally, changing long-held beliefs about how products and teams should be managed requires courage to challenge our own ideologies and reflect on incremental steps towards improvement. It's hard...but the sustainability of our products and businesses depends on it!

Popular Agile frameworks for change include: 

  • Scrum
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Kanban

Combining Agile frameworks with other innovation strategies like Design Thinking provides additional opportunities for organizations to improve their state of agility. 


I came to the conclusion long ago that limits to innovation have less to do with technology or creativity than organizational agility. Inspired individuals can only do so much.
Ray Stata, Entrepreneur, Engineer, and Investor
Co-Author of "Global Stakes" and "The Innovators"

College of Innovation & Design Courses on Agile

Course Name Term Credit Hours Learn More
ID 511 - Agile Product Management Full Semester 3 View Syllabus
ID 705D - Agile Software Development Full Semester 2 View Syllabus







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