One of the distinctive traits of Agile is that of being an empirical method of "discovery" –– which is, in turn, a fundamental element of business innovation, be it of a product, of a part of it, or of an entire business model.
When we are in "discovery mode", a high degree of uncertainty is inevitable and that's why many of the Agile practices are designed to provide us with rich and frequent feedback about the decisions we make.
While understanding the practices is important, even more important is to understand the mindset by which, in a business context, we face and deal with uncertainty and innovation in a smart and effective way.
If this mindset eludes us, Agile can easily be understood and applied just as one more project management approach, and we lose its real business value.
In this session we'll talk about what it means to practice "discovery" and about the conceptual tools that modern Agile managers and leaders have available to do that.
But more than anything else, we'll talk about growing a kind of mindset, both on the job and in our daily life, that will help us use those conceptual tools effectively, and why that's as least as important for our business as the Agile practices and principles are.
Finally, we will see and discuss a framework based on the Discovery, Execution and Optimization phases of a business model. We'll see where Agile and Lean fit in that framework and how misunderstanding their correct place lead to many common anti-patterns in Agile adoptions.