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Find out more about agile and how you can use the four key principles at the heart of agile in your everyday work, no matter what you do.

Have you heard the term agile or scrum recently? If you're thinking that this article has something to do with rugby, we hate to disappoint you, but it doesn't. 

Agile is "a set of values and principles for software development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organizing cross-functional teams," according to Wikipedia. In laymen's terms, it's a workflow concept that has taken the software development world by storm, yet it has applicable concepts for other industries, as well.  

As you can hear from Richard and Charles (Agile coaches here at Dude Solutions) in the video above, there are four important parts of agile. We will refer to these as the four quadrants at the heart of agile. 

You may be surprised to discover that the ideas at the foundation of this concept are critical to the very work you do and may even inspire new processes for you and your team. 

The 4 Quadrants 

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Collaborate 

Collaboration is at the heart of agile, and for good reason. When you can find new ways to work with others and come up with ideas together within your team and across your organization, it benefits everyone. Communication and collaboration create room for the exchange of ideas, the improvement of processes and a connection between people with a common purpose. 

Deliver 

We all know how this part goes. Whether you're closing a help desk ticket, inspecting a playground or fixing an HVAC, you are delivering something. Whether it be a resulting outcome, a service provided or a better experience, it is a contribution to the success of your organization. 

Reflect 

With the amount of work that we all have day in and day out, it can be difficult to find time to look back at our performance. This is crucial because it helps us to stop and celebrate our successes and identify our weaknesses.  

Like Richard suggests, it might be a good idea to create a recurring time for this reflection. As Richard suggests, create a recurring time for reflelction. Whether it's at a monthly department meeting or a quarterly organization-wide get-together, it's up to you -- just make sure you're reflecting regularly.  

Improve 

Everyone wants to improve and get better at their job. This is where what you've seen when you reflect can be put into practice. Implement new ideas to collaborate more effectively, fix things faster or use data to improve your planning process. 

As you can see, all of the quadrants rely on each other to create a better outcome. You can't have one without the others, just as a heart can't work properly without all of the chambers functioning together. 

As Charles says, "It all really ties together and I think you can apply it to anything that you do." 

How will you use these agile principles to impact the way you work? 

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