Powers' definition of the agile mindset

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Definition of the Agile Mindset

My experience has led to the Powers’ definition of the agile mindset. The agile mindset is defined by just three beliefs.

The complexity belief

Many of the challenges we face are complex adaptive problems, meaning that by trying to solve these problems we change the nature of the problem itself.

An attribute of complex adaptive problems is that the end solution is not predictable at the outset.

The people belief

Individuals are both independent from and dependent on their teams and organisations. Human beings are interdependent. Given the right environment (safety, respect, diversity and inclusion) and a motivating purpose, it is possible for trust and self-organisation to arise. For this to happen, it is necessary to treat everyone with unconditional positive regard.

The proactive belief

Proactivity in the relentless pursuit of improvement.


You can read the details behind the definition in my blog post called ‘what is the agile mindset?

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