A Beginner’s Guide To Agile

‘Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth’ – Mike Tyson

Last week I was lucky enough to participate in an Agile workshop put on by Adastral Woman in Tech and hosted by Agile Coaches Kavita, Lynn and Rebecca from Simply Business.

What is Agile?

Agile methodology is a way to manage a project by breaking it up into several components. Underpinned by mentorship and coaching, it is an ever-changing continuous cycle of planning, executing, and evaluating to adapt quickly!

Mike Tyson was right, plans shouldn’t survive the first punch in the mouth but in reality, you need one in the first place to be able to adapt it for changes.

The Agile Manifesto (

  1. Individuals and interactions (over processes and tools)
  2. Working software (over comprehensive documentation)
  3. Customer collaboration (over contract negotiation)
  4. Responding to change (over following a plan)

In other words, ensure you can adapt this plan so that one “punch in the mouth” does not result in defeat.

Word of the Day…

Sometimes agile doesn’t always go to plan and instead, an anti-pattern occurs.

An anti-pattern is a response to a reoccurring problem. However, this response is usually ineffective and risks being highly counterproductive.

At Marshall Wolfe, agile is at the heart of our methodology. We say, don’t meet for meetings sake but instead create an efficient and effective agile stand-up. This allows me to gain focus for the day with the opportunity to reflect and progress within my role.

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