Agile has long been a buzzword in the IT industry, but over the last decade, it has also become highly relevant in the business world. Each article in this issue of Perspectives dissects today’s urgent need for companies to have industrial-strength capabilities in agile to manage their businesses. The articles are grouped in three sections - The Essence of Agile, Applying Agile and Agile at Work.

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Agile’s Day Has Truly Arrived

The software development community has been using the term ‘agile’ for more than 20 years. But over the last decade, agile approaches have jumped the tracks to the rest of the business world.

Embracing Agility Means Agility by the Business, for the Business

The push for agility in software development started nearly 20 years ago. But today, with technology becoming essential to the way business is delivered, agility in the IT function alone is not enough.

How to Make Location-Independent Agile Work

While it is very beneficial to have all the team members of small agile teams co-located, insisting on having all inter-related agile teams in the same location is not worth the effort and is unrealistic in today’s global business environment

From Making Autos to Making Software: The Evolution of Lean and Agile

For more than 30 years, MIT professor Michael A. Cusumano has conducted research and taught classes on software company strategy, product development and entrepreneurship.

Enterprise Agility: Pushing Innovation to the Edge of the Organization

Threatened by digital competition, many companies are embracing lean-agile approaches to accelerate innovation to remain market relevant and scally viable.

Effective Leadership of Agile Organizations: Building a Culture of Servant Leadership

The articles in this issue of Perspectives show that many C-suite leaders say they believe in agile and lean approaches to making their organizations stronger and more responsive to change in the rapidly evolving digital world.

The Tall Task of Getting Big Companies and Government to Innovate Like Lean Startups

Steve Blank has been at the epicenter of the ‘lean startup’ movement since he ignited it in 2006 with his book The Four Steps to the Epiphany.

How Retail CEOs Can Drive Agile to Grow Their Business

Retail CEOs now have the memo. Yes, Amazon was the No. 1 online retailer in the United States in 2017, with $94.7 billion in online sales, almost 20% more than in 2016.

Fending Off the FinTechs: How Agile Financial Services Firms are Transforming Their Businesses

Few stories better illustrate the challenge facing banks and financial services firms than the swift rise of Quicken Loans and its online Rocket Mortgage unit.

Why Your Agile Team is Better Off Dispersed: The Case for Location-Independent Agile

When the signatories of the ‘Agile Manifesto’ spelled out a new way to develop software in 2001, the sixth of their 12 guiding principles was having agile team members work in the same room.