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So, I got to listen to one of Kent Beck presentation at Startup Lessons Learned Conference 2010 about Agile for Startups (full video here: http://bit.ly/2D3vKN1). Short info, Kent Beck is the creator of Extreme Programming, a popular software development methodology. And one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto.

Agile for Startups Mindset

He talked about how the manifesto should transform for a startup.  Their context is different than an already formed company and team.  The summarized new version would be like the picture below:

Agile for Startups. Copyright Kent Beck intellectual property.
Agile for Startups. Copyright Kent Beck intellectual property.

I find this approach interesting and suitable not only for startups but for large companies as well. At least for the ones that are looking to generate new products and services. This also makes sense for research teams or UI/UX units. One of the 2018 trends is that research as a function will continue to evolve as organizations become increasingly agile, fluid, and innovation-centric. (check more about 2018 trends here http://bit.ly/2B2U2F9).

Although I am still an advocate for individuals and interaction over processes and tools, I can see how team vision and discipline can be a good approach.  It sounds like a great statement for individuals to bring more responsibility and positive impact to their interactions.

Initiating change is one of the things I find very valuable in this talk. As a startup, you have nothing.  For the ball to start rolling, you need to push it.  Make the move. I’ve seen some entrepreneurs working on their product to make it perfect. Or putting too much effort what the competition is doing and getting stuck in admin activities. 

Yey or ney?

In conclusion, this new Agile for startups perspective may work or not for you. The point is that this reshaping of the Agile mindset for startups resonates with current times. Even though he talks about this in 2010. Nevertheless, this looks like a more focused philosophy on how to start. And find success in a new business or with the new product you want to build. 

And it’s something that is actually still close to what those 17 great minds agreed back in the days: ‘We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.’.

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