Modern day customers are used to getting things fast – fast internet, fast mobile devices, fast transportation etc. This changed their expectations as well. Customers now expect businesses to be expeditious when it comes to delivering products, services, and support. This is why many organizations adopt Agile.

Not all organizations manage to successfully implement and run an Agile ecosystem however. Nevertheless, the ones that are willing to adopt the methodology are granted a plethora of benefits in return that subsequently get the businesses a few steps closer to success.

That said, here are a few of those benefits organizations can get by adopting an Agile approach.

Faster time to market

Project teams are often put under pressure to get deliverables market-ready quickly. This is because the global economy is quite fast-paced not to mention competitive. Faster time to market is crucial for modern enterprises. Agile grants this benefit without compromising quality of the deliverables, provided it’s implemented properly with sufficient planning.

More room to innovate

Some organizations believe that technology is the main influencer on innovation. On the contrary, it’s people or the intellectual capital that influence how innovative an organization can be. A business lacking innovation would soon be outpaced by the competition. A more agile and nimble approach allows the business personnel to collaborate more effectively and bring innovative ideas into fruition without delaying the project.

Improved product quality

Customer experience is an important factor that directly ties into the success of a business. If the business can provide excellent customer experience along with quality products/services, they will gain the loyalty of their customers. Successful organizations often go out of their way to make sure their customers are happy. An agile business will be responsive enough to meet customer needs efficiently and deliver quality products/services to them on time which would impress them even more.

Boost employee morale

Keeping employee morale high should be a priority for business to maintain or even improve productivity. Increased productivity influences a business’ ability to enhance the quality of their deliverables. In an Agile environment, organizations give room for their employees to showcase their skills and innovate. Knowing that their efforts are being noticed and their contributions are being appreciated boosts the morale of employees which in turn boosts their loyalty and productivity.

Increased business efficiency and reduced risks

With Agile methodologies, business will have shorter release cycles and frequent deliveries for their products. This also enables them to ensure that quality of the final product is the best the team can achieve since each iteration of the project will be checked at every stage.

As the stakeholders will also be involved with the project along with a team, the risk of the team spending time on low priority activities is eliminated. In addition, the project will be accessing the market faster allowing the business to start generating revenue while the team keeps on improving the product.

Conclusion

There are even more benefits that an Agile ecosystem can provide an organization with. However, we thought these five required special mention. Agile project management is one great approach with which modern businesses can thrive in highly competitive and dynamic markets.

Agile is how we do our projects here at AOT. Talk to our experts to learn more about AOT’s Agile environment and its role in our punctual deliveries.

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Agile is one of the best steps forward for businesses leveraging Waterfall-based models. Despite entering the scene more than a decade ago as a concept that can overcome the limitations of traditional approaches to software projects, only now did the development industry realize Agile’s potential to adopt it on a wide scale.

Agile is now integral to the success of a software project, having evolved over the years to different styles.

In the 11th Annual State of Agile Report sponsored by VersionOne, 98% of the respondents from the survey said that their organizations realized success with Agile adoption, subsequently expanding enterprise agility to new dimensions.

The present style of agile is customer-centric. It can enhance team collaboration, and utilizes various markers to accelerate development without compromising quality. However, this can often lead to conflict between the staff. This is just one of the few common mistakes in the implementation of Agile.

Here are a few other mistakes and misconceptions associated with Agile.

A Scrum Master is obviously the Project Manager

One common mistake made by the team or even the organization when integrating Agile into routine work processes is to believe that the scrum master is the same as a project manager. On the contrary, the role of a scrum master is fundamentally different.

The scrum master doesn’t manage a team but facilitates them by providing the necessary guidance to the team and the client regarding the scrum framework.

Daily scrum meetings is Agile

Scrum meetings on a daily basis isn’t exactly agile unless the environment sticks to the core principles of the agile approach. The meetings are held just essentially for the team to review the progress they made in the project, and to plan ahead so as to reach the ‘sprint goal’.

The meetings also help the team identify the challenges in the project, share insights on the challenges, and figure out a way to bypass them. Ultimately, these meetings and team collaboration ensure a proper approach to progress smoothly. So basically, scrum alone doesn’t make an enterprise agile. If facilitates agile.

Functional departments and teams should stay

Enterprises often take the approach of keeping functional departments and teams in an agile ecosystem, like, for instance, a design manager delegating designers and a QA manager delegating testers but refusing to reallocate them. The developers would be on a different room, or may be a different floor of the building. There’s no cross-functional team here.

When it’s agile, cross-functional teams are what an enterprise needs. People should be working together on the project as a team whenever possible. Functional departments instead of cross-functional teams would do more harm than good in an agile ecosystem.

Cross-functional teams, on the other hand, provides many benefits including improved communication, reduced functional competition, easier problem solving etc. and enables creativity as well.

Feedback can wait. Development comes first.

Getting timely feedback is essential for agile practices. The team should rely on customer feedback from the initial phase of development itself. Developing the project while postponing interaction with the customer can be a big mistake. Building an application with the wrong tools can be messy. Building the wrong kind of application is a disaster. That could be the outcome without feedbacks.

Regular feedback from customers reassures the team that they are doing the right thing the right way. The feedback would also let them early that the course they are taking won’t deliver expected results. Technically, the customer is a team member as well in an agile environment.

Emulate agile and then work it out

Even project owners have started insisting on agile practices for the development. Many development companies that haven’t yet adopted the model, out of desire to land the contract, might decide to ‘emulate’ agile adoption instead. They may even go so far as to holding daily scrum meetings, purchase agile project management tools, apply scrum, and have the team learn some course on Agile.

Such companies may think they’d be able to work it out on the go by starting small, but this is a wrong notion. Without deep goals and a planned cultural shift, such organizations’ agile adoption would eventually fail.

They would find:

  • Their sprints failing
  • Lack of commitment from the team
  • Improper testing in each sprint
  • Lack of collaboration

These are a few symptoms that clearly indicate that they are doing it wrong.

Agile adoption must not be that quick. It’s done in phases by preparing the team in advance.

Conclusion

Despite its many benefits, Agile is still looked at with doubt. Many organizations have claimed that agile adoption conflicted with their company culture. But the key is to mold agile to fit an enterprise’s culture. This is why most of the aforementioned mistakes are a result of poor agile integration and enforcement.

They can all be fixed quite efficiently with some expertise. And you can find that expertise at AoT. We can be of assistance with your agile team to sort out issues related to Agile integration. Our software development services follow agile practices, and our expertise with DevOps can be the key to transforming your business with increased enterprise agility…the agile way.

Feel free to get in touch with us to learn more about streamlining agile procedures and leveraging it to facilitate faster business growth.

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