It’s not too late: Agile as a Springboard for Antifragility

Agile practices and frameworks have now been around for the same amount of time (25 years) that the Waterfall approach had been when XP and Scrum were first formalized. It is high time to shine a critical light and ask ourselves just how much real progress has been achieved in terms of increased productivity. This session takes a hard look at the documented results of following prescriptive frameworks and asks a crucial question: have we reached the point where semantic diffusion has rendered the term "agile" obsolete and if so, what could we do about it? We believe that one viable option consists in moving towards an Antifragile stance (as first described in the work of Nassim Nicholas Taleb). The presentation outlines what, exactly, constitutes an "Antifragile stance" and offers actionable, real-world advice on how organizations can move beyond agile in order to position themselves to benefit, rather than suffer from, volatility and disruption. The intent of this presentation is not to bash nor belittle any aspect nor members of the agile community, but rather seeks to plant a seed of healthy critical thinking. As the title suggests, we believe that despite the doubts and misgivings that are currently cropping up in the Agile community, it is not too late to leverage the agile mindset and lessons learned of the past 25 years as a springboard for a higher order of thinking.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. A Brief History Lesson
  2. 2019 – the Transformation Bandwagon
  3. “Beyond” Agile?
  4. A Higher Order of Thinking
  5. Conclusion – the Antifragile Stance

Learning Outcome

  • How, at the age of 25, agile is beset by semantic diffusion
  • How framework-driven imposed transformations fail and why
  • Why the time has come to use agile as a springboard for a higher order of thinking
  • Why it is time to embrace an antifragile stance – to learn to thrive on disorder and disruption

Target Audience

Thought leaders, executives, practitioners, coaches, project managers, scrum masters

Prerequisites for Attendees

A willingness to remain open-minded will suffice



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