Modern Agile


Why Modern Agile?

Over the past decade, innovative companies, software industry thought leaders and lean/agile pioneers have discovered simpler, sturdier, more streamlined ways to be agile. These modern approaches share a focus on producing exceptional outcomes and growing an outstanding culture. Today, it makes far more sense to bypass antiquated agility in favor of modern approaches.

World famous organizations like Google, Amazon, AirBnB, Etsy and others are living proof of the power of these four principles. However, you don’t need to be a name brand company to leverage modern agile wisdom.

What is Modern Agile?

“Modern Agile is a community for people interested in uncovering better ways of getting awesome results. It leverages wisdom from many industries, is principle driven and framework free.”

— Joshua Kerievsky, CEO, Industrial Logic.

Modern agile is the result of courage, feedback, simplicity, communication, and respect for people.

4 guiding principles

Modern Agile has 4 guiding principles:

Make Users Awesome

Make Safety a Prerequisite

Experiment & Learn Rapidly

Deliver Value Continuously


These principles unfold (expand) in many practices! These are not only applicable to software development.

Who is Joshua Kerievsky?

Joshua is the founder and CEO of Industrial Logic, a pioneering Extreme Programming/Lean consultancy that radically improves the software development capabilities of organizations around the globe.

In the mid-1990s, Joshua was among a small community of “lightweight methods” practitioners experimenting with better ways of developing software. Since then, he’s helped thousands of people across hundreds of organizations learn better ways of making software, carefully reviewing and revising methods with the greatest impact and return on investment. Today, he leads an effort to modernize Agile by removing outdated practices and leveraging the best of what the software community and other industries have learned about achieving awesome results. Modern agile practitioners work to Make People Awesome, Make Safety A Prerequisite, Experiment & Learn Rapidly and Deliver Value Continuously.

Joshua is an international speaker and author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award-winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, numerous Agile eLearning courses, and popular articles like Anzeneering, Sufficient Design and Stop Using Story Points.

He’s active on Twitter, Snapchat and the emerging community.

Learn more about ‘Modern Agile’

–> videos by Joshua Kerievsky on YouTube

–> keynote talks by Joshua Kerievsky

–> Podcast with Joshua Kerievsky:


  1. “Modern” agile but the five circles in the picture above do relate to the “old” agile manifesto:

    Make Users Awesome – Customer collaboration
    Make Safety a Prerequisite – Individuals and interactions
    Experiment & Learn Rapidly – Responding to change
    Deliver Value Continuously – Working software

    • Klopt! Karl Scotland heeft dergelijke bedenking ook gemaakt:

      De ‘modern’ agile principes gaan wel verder dan wat we verstaan on de principes in het agile manifesto uit 2001. Bekijk of luister de uitleg van Josh Kerievsky.

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