Adaptability: The Key for Thriving in an Uncertain World | Jeff Burstein | 3 Min Read

October 10, 2023


In an era marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA), the need for adaptable individuals and systems has never been greater. The Learning-Educational Agile Framework ( recognizes the significance of adaptability as a cornerstone value and core competency of successful organizations and their community members. Educational agility and agile education systems, as framed by, prepare students to thrive in a VUCA world and empower teachers to create learning environments and experiences that help to meet each student where they are.

The Power of Adaptability in an Uncertain World:

The world is changing at an unprecedented pace, characterized by rapid technological advancements, shifting global dynamics, and unpredictable challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and the current global economic downturn. Adaptability is no longer merely a desirable trait, but a necessary skill for survival.  Educational Agility equips students with the ability to embrace change, learn quickly, learn from failure, and adapt in response to new circumstances and conditions.

With the increased responsibilities that teachers have inherited post-pandemic and the need to adapt instruction to provide students the possibility to make up for learning loss, educators can benefit from agile ways of teaching by making small incremental…

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Jeff Burstein

Jeff Burstein is an innovator, founder, consultant, speaker and Enterprise Agile Coach with over 20 years experience in helping companies and government agencies discover a better way of working. The 2020 pandemic precipitated the birth of a new company. IQ4Agile was created to bring solutions to the crisis facing worldwide educational systems. The company directive is to change the education sector from legacy, rigid systems and pivot them to function and succeed at a high level in our “new reality.” Jeff initiated a collaboration of leaders from both the transformation and educational space to develop a new scaling Agile framework called It can best be defined as “an emerging open source Agile framework designed around the complexities of Education and the Education sector.” The goal is to meet the unique complexities inherent in educational systems and to switch the conversation to a student-centered focus, creating truly pull based education systems. As an organization, Jeff established so teachers can, once again, love teaching while students develop their own love of life long learning. It is in this commitment to ensure that these skills and practices are available to every student, regardless of constraints that aligns the work being done by the NativityMiguel Coalition and Jeff has held many roles as Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Program Manager, Project Manager and SAFe Enterprise Agile Coach in companies such as Florida Power and Light, USAA, Lowes, TransUnion, FedEx and many other organizations. He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina and when he is not busy coaching-he enjoys coffee, the outdoors and spending time with his family.