What is the one thing that can truly enable individuals and teams to collaborate and innovate with agility? All too often people expect to find salvation in the latest tools and technology, specific processes and best practices. These things will make a difference but they are useless without a culture that promotes the right principles. At least to those in the software industry, this should be well known as the first declaration of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development prioritizes "individuals and interactions over processes and tools". Yet this most important principle is lost on many people.
Much can be learned from successful teams in other domains such as jazz, basketball, and even special forces military units. In all of these fields, multi-disciplined teams integrate innovative contributions from highly capable individuals into group and individual behaviors. They improvise and act with true agility when the path forward is unknown or unexpected challenges arise.