Is agility a leadership competency?
It is an everything competency, I prefer to think in terms of ways of working, ways of leading. Agile itself has lost a lot of value in terms of what is means and has been overly weaponized and commercialized to the point that it is often more bout certificates than improving how we work and getting better.
What causes agile to fail?
People giving up too soon when things aren’t working, learning new behaviors and skills takes time. You don’t give up flying a plane if you can’t fly an A380 within 2 weeks. Real change takes time, but equally it should be done in small steps rather than giant leaps. Everything needs to change eventually if your goal is to enable fast flow of value.
What has changed in the area of agility in recent years?
It has become a hornets nest of commercialization and a lot of snake oil, I think a return to the basics / essentials and a focus on values and principles, with a view to learning and improving rather than committing to rituals and compliance. People use the terms doing agile vs being agile but that’s a little confusing. I think if you focus on the basics, small steps, and learning. Learning to experiment and adapt, rather than make large assumptions that what you think you know what is needed. Don’t fool yourself!