Agile is seen as a brand new development – something that is revolutionizing IT and is understood as a sign of the times. Brian Lucas, however, suspects that Agile has been around for far longer than what anyone is giving it credit for. Lucas looks at world history to better understand how great leaders, countries, and mankind as a whole have shaped the world using Agile common sense. For instance, consider the Greek philosopher Socrates and the founding fathers of the United States: these people acted and adjusted their understanding of the “projects” at hand based on ever changing information and requirements. Lucas' argument is, essentially, that we've become blinded by our over-education and over-process. Agile allows for a return to the common sense that was documented in the Declaration of Independence (after all, “We hold these truths to be self-evident”). As Lucas explains: So I believe that agile, which I often equate to adaptability, was perhaps stronger in our past. It is now something we are rediscovering, because we must, in order to survive the new wave of future shock that is now challenging us. I believe we will survive this. Some will unfortunately fall along the wayside; others will benefit greatly. We will be stronger for having weathered this change; becoming a more thoughtful people once again because it is required of us. I hope you enjoyed time traveling with me. Let me know what you think and remember – keep agile! So whether you see Agile as a brand new development or if you have the larger scope of Lucas and see it as a return to common sense, this blog post certainly gives reason to pause and consider how Agile fits into the scope of the human experience and history.