Developing an Agile Mindset

Steve Bailey
5 min readOct 10, 2021
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Developing an agile mindset is a challenging topic to introduce,” I can comfortably say that I wish I had been introduced to it a lot earlier in my life”. Cultivating an agile mindset is fast becoming a pre-requisite to success in an ever-growing number of industries. Increasing number of sectors across geographies are being disrupted and the speed of change across markets has been accelerating with no signs of slowing down. The agile mindset can be somewhat abstract, as there is not an official defined list of requirements to ‘check off’ to determine where you reside on the scale. With that said, there are many articles or extracts of books that refer to what is required for an agile mindset. I will list a selection of the attitudes/beliefs that are required for development below:

· Acceptance of change — Understanding that there will be emergent details that often require changes to the original plan — utilising adaptability

· Collaboration — Willingness to work with others and actively engage

· Curious — Always learning, wanting to know more information

· Driven by Purpose — Use your beliefs/purpose to make forward progress

· Exploration — Experimenting to understand problems more deeply, assists emerging issues

· Focus on Delivery — Reducing complexity, effective communication and executing on the customers’ needs is paramount

· Self-organising — Planning and owning your work, you are closest to it and know best

· Respect — Supportive and dependable for your team, united in challenges, goals & purpose

· Transparency — Ensuring that there is nothing to hide — discuss failures and communicate unwanted news

“A strong mindset allows team members to experience autonomy, freedom, creativity, and innovation”


An agile mindset draws various parallels with several mindset/behavioural pattern classifications originating from some of the preeminent authors in their field. The most cited similarity of an agile mindset is with Carol Dweck’s ‘Growth mindset’; Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work…