This is one, if not the most important statements from the agile manifesto:
Responding to change over following a plan
Just about every project these days claims to be agile. I wonder how many projects truly embrace this core value from the manifesto.
Some projects however are more agile than they maybe realize. I encountered this in the documentation of the FOAF project:
The original writeup from 2000 explains what we thought we were doing.
That statement alone indicates that learning is in the DNA of this project. It reads: we thought we had an idea, but we made mistakes, figured it out, made more mistakes, improved over and over again and we will keep responding to change until we get it right.
Now that is truly agile.