Agile is a term that specifically relates to a set of values and principles that were defined by a group of people determined to make the work of software development more enjoyable, valuable and productive.  The Agile Manifesto details these values and principles.

Since then (and actually before) a number of frameworks and approaches that aligned well to the Manifesto have grown in popularity. VFQ covers the key ones, and also teaches people the underlying practices and techniques that can help the manifesto come to life in a way that is relevant and responsive to their context.

But, the world of software development (where Agile was originated) isn’t the only place where new techniques are born: Lean still has much for us to learn from; and the Design Thinking space has a whole host of great insights into how to create better solutions that users will love.

Neither the manifesto nor the key frameworks necessarily provide great guidance on how to inject innovation into your projects, or help product developers figure out their business models.  It hasn’t solved the problem of how things scale across an enterprise, or indeed, how to actually go about instituting the change within existing businesses.  There is much missing in terms of economics, creativity, management, leadership and many other topics.

VFQ therefore is a framework of focus that sits above the various methodologies, and shows and teaches people, through its education system, how to increase Value, improve Flow and enhance Quality.

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