Agile Terminology 101

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Agile Terminology 101

By: Jessica McLean

Welcome to Agile Terminology 101! I’m Jess (Agile Meridian Marketing Consultant) and I’ll be your teacher.

All jokes aside, when you’re newly introduced to the world of Agile it can be a little overwhelming – I know it was for me! That’s why we decided to break down some of these terms by providing their true definitions and what that means.

Let’s begin, shall we?


Agile –

True Definition: Relating to or denoting a method of project management, used especially for software development, that is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaption of plans.

What that means: Basically, it means you’re taking a large task or project and breaking it down into bite-sized tasks and phases based on priority. It’s a concept that makes projects easier to manage and keeping you and your team on track to meet deadlines.


Facilitation –

True Definition: The act of facilitating. 

What that means: This one gets me every time, I remember the first time I looked up facilitation and felt that the definition wasn’t helpful AT ALL. So let’s break it down, to facilitate means to make easier, so in essence if you’re facilitation a meeting, you’re making the meeting easy to digest, whether that be by mediating the group discussion or simply creating the agenda.


Business Agility –

True Definition: Refers to the rapid, continuous, and systematic evolutionary adaption and entrepreneurial innovation directed at gaining and maintaining competitive advantage.

What that means: Basically, by applying the agile principles to the entire organization, it allows a business to be more responsive to change, the market, and reduce costs without sacrificing quality!


Agile Mindset -

True Definition: Creating and responding to change in an uncertain and turbulent environment. It’s about thinking through how you can understand what’s going on in the environment, identify what uncertainty you’re facing, and figure out how to adapt as you go along.

What that means: I like to reference a Forbes article I recently read for this one – they in short state that to have an agile mindset you are focused on delivering higher customer value by getting work done in small, collaborative teams.  


Growth Mindset –

True Definition: A concept in which people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point.

What that means: Personally, I love talking about growth (and fixed) mindsets because they are so intriguing – to have a growth mindset just means that you are a forever learner! You know that there’s always room to grow and you welcome the opportunity to better your skills and take on new and challenging tasks to take your professional (and personal) abilities to the next level.


Fixed Mindset –

True Definition: A concept in which people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success – without effort.

What that means: The fixed mindset definition is pretty cut and dry. They’re basically saying “If you got it, you got it” – having a fixed mindset means that you believe that where you’re at is as good as it gets.


And there you have it folks! A few common Agile terms broken down for all the newbies out there. 

If you’re interested in learning more about any of these – check out our store page for upcoming classes that cover these topics or reach out to the meridian team for a chat!


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