In our journey to help create “more productive, humane, sustainable work places”, we in the Agile community often have a tendency to look for a one-size-fits-all solution. But Agile transformations are as unique as the snowflakes requiring them. Diana Larsen’s Agile Fluency model, which the industry veteran and pioneer discussed with us at Agile2015, offers a range of possible ways of operating to suit client and even practitioner needs.
But first she wanted to clear up a common misconception: The Agile Fluency model isn’t a maturity model. Diana shared. “It’s a best-fit model… Getting to the end of the scale isn’t necessarily the right place to be.” The Agile Fluency model, then, can be thought of as having four bus zones: you have to go through each zone to get to subsequent zones — but Zone 1 may be the best place for you to be, in which case you get off the bus and thrive there. The Agile Fluency model aims to help organizations identify the benefits and tradeoffs they are willing to make and then help them locate the zone in the model that maps best to the identified criteria.