Most of us feel like we’re pretty agile. But most of us don’t know that the inventors of agile development methods such as Scrum and XP delivered value (not code) *four to ten times* faster than classic software development methods. Very few of us have enjoyed anywhere near that level of performance. Commercial agile frameworks such as SAFe boast performance increases only up to about two times prior expectations. Why the huge gap? And what can we do about it?
We start with a brief agility survey to give you a sense of how agile your organization really is. Then we explain why commercial Agile frameworks fall short, and the vicious cycle those frameworks create. We then reveal the natural economics that underlies all agile practices (spoiler – it’s much simpler than teamwork, learning, or small batches). Finally, we conclude with a new vision and path forward, taking us well beyond agile as commonly practiced.