The TriYoung teams’ journey in discovering how our core convictions relate to the Agile methodology continues. We evaluated our core conviction “Integrity: Deliver on your promises” to determine if it aligned with the Agile methodology.

As we have done when examining the last two core convictions, we first wanted to understand the meaning of the word “integrity”. It is best defined as having character quality of being honest, reliable and fair. Our team and clients need to continuously interact, collaborate and trust each other. We also must deliver on our promises by providing clear focus which articulates the promise we make to our customers. This ensures everyone is on the same page as to what is important to accomplish. In order to deliver on our promises, we should be honest, open-minded, truthful and ready to listen to others’ views. We need to demonstrate integrity in our thoughts, words, actions and interactions. Words such as integrity, trust and honesty still form the core of our existence.

We know “people” are the core of the Agile Philosophy. The importance of people with integrity is summed up perfectly in this quote by Warren Buffet, “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”

In addition, our team does knowledge work which includes decision making, analysis, problem solving, theory, strategy, planning, design and technology. Without “people”, knowledge-based work is not possible. Rather than follow a defined process, we work as a team to continuously think of improvements and deliver value to our clients. Together, we deliver on our promises and communicate in advance if we expect a delay.

The integrity of everyone on our teams to deliver on what is promised to internal and external customers during a sprint is vital to the Agile process. We determined our core conviction “Integrity: Deliver on your promises” does indeed align with the Agile methodology.
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