The Agility Collective

The inner workings of a rather different consulting company

What is this?

This site (or document) describes our operating model …the how we work, and why. This model is based on the open-source Crisp DNA, forked on github. We are using the Crisp model fairly vanilla, in recognition of their many years of evolving it. Although they may have a very different business, we share many of their values. If …in time, some things don’t fit, then we will just adapt and evolve.

The Agility Collective is a consulting company operating in Australia and New Zealand. Like Crisp, we do not aspire to be a typical consulting company. For example:

  • None of the consultants are actually employed by The Agility Collective.
  • We have no managers, or even a CEO. Instead we rely on self-organization and transparency. Almost everything is bottom-up, and anyone can drive any decision.
  • Our main purpose is to enable consultants to be happy, and our Happiness Index is our driving metric. Strong revenue and delighted customers are a side effect, not a goal.
  • The Collective doesn’t want to earn money from it’s consultants. It is in practice a non-profit company (although not formally so). Consultants keep most of what they earn.
  • Our ownership model is designed to keep our stock financially worthless. There is no incentive to “cash in”.
  • Consultants are 100% autonomous. They can do whatever they want (as long as they don’t hurt the brand or our house), and work as much or as little as they want.


Driving principles

(these principles drive almost everything at the Collective)

Core structure and practices

(although these are core to our model, they are mostly just consequences of the principles above)

Supporting practices

(relevant stuff, but not core to our model)

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