Currently, 8 out of 10 organizations have committed to embracing agile for their software development (source CA Technologies). Agile methodology has supplanted the waterfall model due to its tendency to reduce cost and deliver consistent increments of business value to stakeholders.
Adopting agile is a fundamental organization shift, so whether your business already has fully transitioned to agile or in the process of transitioning, here are some helpful tips to keep your teams on track and sustain agile adoption.
- Educate, Train, Repeat
People are creatures of habit. Shifting their work paradigm significantly can frustrate staff members. Establish the motto of people over process and emphasize the general benefits of agile to your teams. Teams will undoubtedly revert back to old habits. Keep them on track with education and repetition. Developing a training curriculum designed and taught by an “Agile Expert” with seminars, blogs and other training materials will aid in sustained adoption.
- Communicate and Collaborate
In order to effectively transition to a fully agile model, teams that have typically been siloed will struggle to collaborate with each other. Customers play an important role in the ongoing testing of the application during its development. Their feedback is critical to identifying pain points, finding solutions and delivering a quality end product. Successful agile teams develop quality internal and external lines of communication as quickly as possible to ensure seamless collaboration.
- Leverage Tools and Automation
Successful teams are prepared teams. Provide your team with automated tools to make their job easier. For example, quality assurance teams should be equipped with test management software for real-time collaboration. Integrate tools that have the functionality to support agile practices. Automating processes will generate consistent workflows, eliminate redundancies and reduce time to market- all keys to an agile process.
- Empower and Trust
You may notice that teams tend to hyper-focus on completing tasks without taking a look at the big picture or collaborating with other teams for problem-solving. Encourage teams to work together and focus on the end product. Continuous communication and organized discipline are critical to the success of agile in your development. Empower your team leaders to take ownership of the project by outlining strategic initiatives, key issues and the expected outcomes for each project.
Creating an agile ecosystem within your organization can be difficult to adjust to at first, but the freedom and communication it ultimately provides will help you reduce development time and cost. At Next Horizon, we utilize agile development for our clients. We have seen the benefits of the collaboration that takes place during our development life cycle. If you are interested in learning more about how we produce results for our clients, give us a call.