Mike Cohn notes:

Without standards of excellence for agile, anyone can call anything agile.

And asks his blog readers:

What do you think are the core principles or elements of agility?

Which starts an interesting discussion.

One answer that I want to refer to is the  “Heart of Agile” by Alistair Cockburn. It’s 

  • Collaborate
  • Deliver
  • Reflect
  • Improve