When we talk of agility, we often refer to number of user stories or story points delivered, or burn down charts or velocity, etc. I call them 'lower-order agility' and howsomuch interesting they are, they make no sense to the 'higher-order agility' at business level. Why is that outrageous claims of performance, productivity and quality improvements at lower-order agility don't translate to commensurate higher-order agility? In this talk, I explore some of these issues. I also propose some ideas on how the whole notion of portfolio planning should be seen in the context of higher-order agility.
I delivered this talk on 19 July 2012 at the launch of Agile Leadership Network, Bangalore chapter, hosed by Valtech at their office.