Go with the Flow: Accelerated digital design in the age of Post-agility

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This paper describes a progressive shift in agile. This change is characterised by greater team autonomy, hybridised practices and strong orientation to design thinking (Cross, 1982) and flow (Csikszentmihalyi, 1997). This conclusion is substantiated through research; a comprehensive literature review and theory building (****, 2013). The supporting data, elicited from a representative cohort (n=308), helps develop a theoretical model of agile. The model frames the shift in practice, as an evolution, toward ‘post-agility’ (Baskerville, et al 2011). In this future state, agility is ubiquitous, focuses on co-design thinking and has replaced scrum management with data science roles in teams. There are many implications for the next phase of design. Firstly, agility must be core curricula in design education. Secondly, design methods, that can work with data and autonomous teams are needed. Lastly, the speed of change, necessitates stronger connections between practice, theory and the broader context of design knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for Next
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design Conference. Sapienza University of Rome, 12-14 April 2017, supplement of The Design Journal
EditorsLoredana Di Lucchio, Lorenzo Imbesi, Paul Atkinson
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-138-09023-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational European Academy of Design Conference - Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Duration: 12 Apr 201714 Apr 2017
Conference number: 12

Publication series

NameThe Design Journal
PublisherTaylor & Francis
NumberSupplement 1
ISSN (Print)1460-6925
ISSN (Electronic)1756-3062


ConferenceInternational European Academy of Design Conference
Abbreviated titleEAD
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  • Agile Development
  • Digital Design
  • Design Thinking


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