Thursday, December 23, 2010

What is Agility?

One concept much tossed about, but little understood, is agility.  Some people tend to equate the agility of an organization with how lean it is.  Particularly finance personnel, the finance engineers, tend to equate the two, since they would like to get both into the organization (even though they do not understand the difference.) They are not aspects of the same process or organizational strategy.  I will compare and contrast the two in another post shortly.

Agility is "an organization's ability to respond effectively (quickly and successfully) to unexpected challenges and opportunities."

An agility organization or enterprise recognizes that both technology and environment external to the organization are constantly changing and that for the organization to survive and reach its vision and mission, it must adapt.

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