Agile frameworks such as Scrum and SAFe have gained a massive foothold, but they’re not the only games in town. Some adventurous practitioners have created their own methods to address what they feel are fundamental flaws in existing constructs. Agility is all about adaptation; how did these methodologists sidestep mainstream approaches to find creative solutions to their respective challenges? Explore how the venerable Ivar Jacobsen’s Essence framework aims to break free of all methods. See how BaseCamp’s Ryan Singer formulated ShapeUp to soothe Basecamp’s growing pains. Ron Quartel’s Fluid Agile Scaling Technology (FAST) does away with static teams altogether and looks to untether the true power of self-organization. The Agile Fluency Model authored by Diana Larsen and Jim Shore looks at developing teams as a matter of focused practice on the right skills for the moment. The edges are an exciting place to be. These stories of trial and redemption can open our perspectives, give us a few new tricks and perhaps inject some fresh spirit into individuals and teams that have lost the thrill of working.