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24 January 2024 | Posted by angela.tuduri

The future of agility in a conscious sense

Agility is a methodology that has become increasingly popular over the years

It is based on the idea that organizations must adapt quickly to changes in the environment; however, the future of agility poses new challenges, such as the need to accelerate business models and concerns about sustainability.  

In this context, agilists assume a crucial responsibility. Beyond implementing agile practices, they are urged to direct their efforts towards socially healthy and environmentally friendly business models.  

Sustainability and future challenges  

The Agile Manifesto advocates a sustainable pace of work. However, in a context where business models must be accelerated, the crucial question arises: What for?  

Lack of awareness of this acceleration could lead us to a dystopian future, characterized by challenges such as climate change, geostrategic tensions, energy crises, the fragility of democratic models and extreme automation with artificial intelligence.  

The next decade presents itself as a key period, where the future is envisioned as "complex", going beyond mere complication. 

Agile with a conscience  

In this scenario, agilists assume a crucial responsibility to the future. Beyond simply implementing agile practices, they are urged to direct their efforts towards business models that are healthy for society and respectful of the environment.  

The idea of agility with conscience is promoted, where ethical values and principles become the guiding light for agilists' decisions and actions.  

Agility with conscience implies not only efficiency in development, but also dedication to business models that contribute positively to society and the environment.  

Agilists become agents of change, leading by example through their values and principles to forge a kinder, more sustainable world.  

Rather than simply pursuing speed in business, informed acceleration is advocated, with careful consideration of social and environmental impact. 

Agile with awareness: implementation  

There are a number of things organizations can do to implement agile with awareness. These include:  

  • Embed ethical values and principles into the corporate culture: ethical values should be the guiding light for agilists' decisions and actions. This includes values such as sustainability, social justice and environmental responsibility.  
  • Develop a shared vision for the future: Organizations should develop a shared vision for the future that is sustainable and beneficial to society. This will help align employees and ensure that agile efforts are used to achieve common goals.  
  • Implement agile practices in a sustainable manner: Organizations should implement agile practices in a sustainable manner, ensuring that the health of employees or the environment is not compromised. This may include such things as limiting excessive work, encouraging work-life balance, and using sustainable technologies. 

The future of agility poses new challenges, but also opportunities  

Agilists have the opportunity to become architects of a more conscious future, embracing the responsibility to contribute to business models that respect ethical values and promote sustainability.  

Conscious agility is an emerging trend that has the potential to transform the business world. By incorporating a more mindful approach, agilists can help create a more sustainable and equitable future for all. 

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