Agile – Buzzword Bingo

If you had enough of the agile buzzword bingo we’re here to help.

Playing buzzword bingo can be fun (maybe not as fun as the conference call bingo), but when you’re the one doing the presentation, you might want to avoid them (just for the case your colleagues decided to play the game without letting you know).

It’s not that you really want to use the buzzword, but sometimes you don’t know another word to replace it with.

Here you can find the origin of the word (quite different from what you now use it for), the explanation of the buzzword, and some synonyms to help you replace agile with something less agressive for the ears of those who already have enough of the buzzword bingo.


Origins of the Word

According to the Webster Dictionary the original meaning of the word is:

From Latin agilis, from agere “to drive, be in motion, do, perform” + -ilis


Original Meaning:
– marked by ready ability to move with quick easy grace an agile dancer
– having a quick resourceful and adaptable character an agile mind
– quick, smart, and clever


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First Use

14th century

Origin of the Buzzword

Software development methodologies usually based on incremental and iterative development, and who adopt the Agile Manifesto (2001).

Since then the meaning expanded to incorporate all the areas of a business and the company itself.

Playing Agile Buzzword Bingo. Examples

    – agile software development
    – agile leader
    – agile buzzword bingo
    – agile management practices
    – organizational agility
    – IT, marketing, or supply chain agility

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What You Can Say Instead

If you had enough of agile, you can replace it with


Accelerate the activities on the critical path

React quickly

Respond quickly to threats

Learn and adapt fast

Be quick to change the business models when needed

Execute strategy faster than the competion

Keep innovating

Be quick to respond to customer feed-back

Be able to anticipate change and implement it quickly
Initiate action




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