I have often been asked to explain the difference between a Framework (Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, XP, LeSS, DA, etc.) and Agile. There are a lot of people out there that are convinced that the framework itself is “Agile” when in fact, Agile is the mindset, defined by the 4 Values of the Manifesto and followed by the 12 Principles. You can have a framework without Agile just as you can have Agile without any of the Frameworks.
Agile is the water, the Framework is the container
I describe this as – Agile is the water, the Framework is the container. While people buy water in bottles and are convinced that the bottle is “water”, it is not. The Framework will describe the bottle or container in detail. These “bottles” are ideal to contain water but are not themselves the water. Without water (Agile), they are empty containers.
By all means, select an appropriate container but don’t forget, it’s the water that is the value.