‘Agility Is An Attitude’

Agility isn’t just something needed by developers; it’s helpful in any IT pro role. But is it actually a skill you can train for and enhance?

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News Limited chief technology officer Tom Quinn argues that it isn’t. “We need to selectively hire people with agility, the ability to change course quickly,” he said during a session at HP’s Technology at Work event in Melbourne yesterday. “But I have a saying: you cannot teach attitude, and agility is an attitude.”

While you may not be able to teach it, you can certainly set an example. Showing a willingness to work outside your official remit reinforces that this can be helpful behaviour. Arguing that something is “not my problem” can often prove to be a big problem.