Agile Skills Map
During Agile 20 Reflect Festival, iLEARN held a workshop with about skills for agile management practices. One of the first results of it is a map of agile skills . Many skills are included in the map together with personal values (not veritable skills but still important characteristics of agile roles) and transferrable skills needed in an agile management context. Here below is a short introduction to the skills categories included in the map. The topics are not introduced in priority or importance order.
Agile Values are “desirable goals that motivate people’s actions and serve as guiding principles in their operating context". Everyone has values, but each person has a different value set.
These are skills that are useful and can be applied to almost any task. They may be classified in “hard” (teachable and measurable) and “soft”. However, we do not make this distinction in our context.
Knowledge about Agile Roles & Responsibilities
This is the knowledge about the roles and responsibilities operating in an agile management context. They derive from practice and are usually defined in the adopted management framework.
Knowledge about Agile Values and Principles
The knowledge about the Agile values and principles. Knowing about them does not necessarily mean adopting them.
Knowledge about Continual Improvement
Continual improvement is a key focus and aspect of agile management. This knowledge is about the relevance, the approach and techniques to embed and perform continual improvement,
Knolwedge about Culture and Mindset Management
Cultural and mindset change is at the basis of agile management success and is generally one of the key failure reasons. This knowledge is about approaches and techniques to manage cultural and mindset change to drive behavioural change.
Knowledge about Flow Management
Flow is a key aspect of agile management. Activities shall seamlessly flow without interruptions and bottlenecks. This knowledge is about how to achieve this.
Knowledge about Product Governance
Product governance is about defining the right things to be done, the priorities and providing requirements. This is a key aspect of agile approaches (e.g. defining what to include in a development cycle).
Knowledge about Structured Governance & Control
Agile management does not mean having no governance, although some frameworks may provide more guidance and focus on the aspect. This knowledge is about the approaches and technique to ensure governance and control in agile management environments.
Knowledge about Agile Frameworks
There are many practice frameworks that are classified under the “agile” umbrella. This is the knowledge about each of them (e.g. structure, principles, roles, processes, implementation, etc.).
The Agile Skills Map
Here below is the map for the above mentioned categories of knowledge.