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Four Key Indicators of a Fake Agile

By Umme Sutarwala - September 30, 2022 4 Mins Read


The adoption of agile concepts does not ensure that software development and project management will improve automatically. True agile practitioners can be distinguished from imposters by a few traits.

Enterprise agility, in accordance with Accenture, offers significant financial advantages. Top-quartile financial success is more than twice as likely to be attained by truly agile organizations than by the average corporation (55 percent versus 25 percent).

Here are the four telltale indicators of a phony agile in business IT today and how to spot them.


When an enterprise emphasizes implementing agile “right,” fake agile can also result. Real agilists concentrate on being nimble rather than mindlessly adhering to conventional protocols to the letter.

Rigid regulations frequently result in processes becoming ossified and a general lack of adaptability. The main goals of agile should be learning, feedback loops, and adapting to change. If businesses don’t observe those events, something is probably amiss.

Employers should look for experienced instructors who are adept at teaching agile and have excellent recommendations. Companies need to convince sponsors and work teams that real agility necessitates a fundamentally different manner of operating. They shouldn’t anticipate the change to happen right away. Companies must train top coaches and/or Scrum masters who can guide newly formed agile teams and support their long-term growth.

Also Read: Five Significant Signs of Fake Agile Practitioners

Poor commitment

Lack of organizational support is typically the fundamental cause of fake nimbleness. Lack of comprehension, a senior management buy-in that is absent or reluctant, or a willingness to take shortcuts purely to save time and money are examples of weak commitment. It can also be recognized by inadequate customer interaction, a lack of teamwork, and a preference for processes above results.

When a project suffers from fake agile, the CIO should first make an effort to determine what is causing the issue. The CIO can start taking action to fix the issue after it has been clearly identified. This can entail introducing nimble methodologies to staff members, winning over senior management, and highlighting the value of teamwork and customer interaction.


CIOs who are not well-versed in the fundamental concepts of agile, requirements, and advantages are practically certain to come across as false nimble in their organizations. It is also possible for organizations to deceive themselves about their practices if they aspire to be nimble yet are fundamentally opposed to the agile idea.

The most incredible method to avoid phony agile is to confirm that agile is genuinely the correct match, together with a clearly defined plan. Agile is sometimes seen as the panacea, but not all organizations are a better match for it.

A change in perspective is necessary. The transformation must involve a change in attitude and thinking about nimble values and principles as well as switching to a new set of practices.

Agile leadership is the key to success. A CIO must guarantee that there is leadership commitment from everyone in the C-suite as well as the firm as a whole, not just from themselves. The support of nimble teams requires the commitment of leaders.

Skipping the feedback

Of course, depending on how they are used, analytics can also be deceptive. When an IT department, for instance, focuses on team productivity Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) rather than on the value and predictable delivery that goes along with each release, it is one of the most obvious symptoms of false nimbleness.

Also Read: 3 Moves for CIOs to Achieve an Efficient IT Organization

It is false agile if a CIO observes that the IT department is divided in terms of business goals and objectives. Agile calls for two-way communication, which means that the CIO and IT department must both share updates and developments and take customer input to heart.

Additionally, a CIO must promptly incorporate new feedback, provide value, and then move on to the following value-measured priority. This can be accomplished by paying attention to internal stakeholders’ issues, soliciting customer feedback, and making sure that the enterprise’s strategic objectives, product roadmaps, and well-defined portfolio vision are aligned with the product backlog priority.

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Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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