If, like me you seek insights into how to really create "Agile" businesses, I'm afraid there's a mountain of hype, miscommunication and misunderstanding to wade through.
"Agile" has over the last 2 years become the latest "fad" in business circles (certainly I.T. circles) and so of course, every Tom, Dick and Harry is jumping on the bandwagon trying to make a "buck!"
I attended a Scrum Gathering in the States about 2 years ago when the issue of how to rapidly implement Agile across large organisations was a key topic. The truth is, that as with anything in life, it takes time, alot of time, to get something worth having!
Toyota are quoted as saying it takes 12 years for a corporation to become lean, and I believe them.
"Agile" with a capital A, is not just about adopting a methodology or some SOA or web services architecture; Agile is about shifting executive, middle management and "coal-face" employee mindsets from heirarchical, document-heavy, linear thinking to creating an organisational culture that embodies the tenets of the agile manifesto:
To really value collaboration over contracts, the individual over processes and systems, and value responding to change, over long-term planning.
This is Agile with a capital A, and a true understanding of Agile can only be achieved by pioneering it within your own sphere of influence and experiencing it for yourself. If you want help getting started see Womack, Jones, Poppendieck and Schwaber for reference.
Any company, person, or software architecture can claim to be agile, but, to cut through the hype you need to find those people who know the difference...
"Agile" with the capital 'A', or "agile" with a small 'a'.