Disequilibrium and Agile

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We live in a world of disequilibrium. Agile helps us deliver innovation in disequilibrium.
~ James R. Wood

Our role as agilists is to help our teams lean to move faster/better/stronger as a team. Does that mean instilling order? No. Innovation does not happen when the environment is stabile. An equilibrium, by definition is a state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced. Our world is not in equilibrium, so how can placing a team in stasis help them improve. If anything, the team stasis will sentence them to being left behind.

Innovation happens when we are walking in the woods, playing games, and doing things that removes the desk an laptop as a barrier between people.

Our role as agilists¬†is to help our teams lean to move faster/better/stronger as a team by keeping them slightly out of equilibrium. This doesn’t mean that we are the social director. Anyone can say “It’s time for us to go for a walk.” A strong agilist knows just how far out of equilibrium is healthy for the team and holds them in that space. We don’t want people to be sleeping at work but we don’t want them to be reckless either.