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Sun Tzu on Agility

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February 2, 2014

In 2002, I started my journey of methodology implementation and in process, learned several of them.

Each complementing and sometime competing with the other highlighting their own USPs.

In the years that followed, I began to see overwhelming similarities rather than the differences. The agile methodologies were becoming popular with increasing adoption of technology as a tool to solve business problems. Even today we see that the agile is referred to the most modern way of delivering a project. However I think, against the popular notion, agile is not a new concept. It is our insistence on limiting ourselves to the modern knowledge that often leads us to ignore the ancient wisdom and to not draw any lessons or inspiration from it.

In the Art of War, Sun Tzu has said that,

One should modify one’s plans according to the favorability of circumstance.

This is a very powerful idea in the agile world, where flexibility is the major advantage one can draw on in modern products and application development.

When we keep the outcome in perspective, it doesn’t matter which methodology we adopt, what matters is how honestly and responsibly we have been able to adopt it in our projects. Of course, the tools and methods for adopting agile are going to be different for each application area.

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