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A Guide to the Agile Approach and Why It Matters to Your Company

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In my opinion, an excellent way to start the new year would be for me to take a couple of minutes and review the basics of Agile. For some of you, this might be an old topic for some people. But over the past year, I have heard plenty about companies that were not capable of adopting it in 2021. This is why I thought it would be beneficial to revisit the fundamentals of Agile, its value for organizational development, and what you need to know to start applying this.

And what is agile?

For example, in the last decade, the Agile approach to solution development has been gaining much traction. There are many misconceptions about the Agile method, but it is often a misconception that this method has no special properties. Agile is a set of values and principles that improve the overall desirability of a work product when applied to a development lifecycle, business strategy, or task. It is also called an approach for improving the overall desirability of a work product in terms of its quality as well as performance. Like any set of positive values, Agile can affect how individuals approach work and solve problems. It is also possible to influence the way people approach work and deal with problems. In fact, it does what the word "agile" means: quickly, purposefully and well-coordinated movements and change in our work product and flow.

In the view of an outside observer, An Agile project can be similar to any other approach: with teams identifying the project goal and deliverables in order to plan development work. The approach is different, because the team adopts Agile standards, which change how things are delivered and improved. Another important change is the goal of producing early versions of a working product that satisfies part or all of the customer requirements every couple of months or even years, rather than once at the end of development. Doing this allows the team to review progress with customers in smaller, more focusful increments. This is useful for teams that are trying to assess performance with customers in smaller, more focused increments, enabling them to gain valuable feedback and critical insight on improving, expanding, or even dropping requirements altogether. In addition, Agile values and principles also profoundly affect communication. Communication, coordination, and responsiveness are the main aspect of communication, collaboration and responsiveness. For a better understand why this happens, let's explore the value of some more deeper.

What is Agile's Guiding Values?

First value is Individuals and Interactions. The first value is Individuals and Interactions. They. As Agile understands, the people and teams of an organization are the foundation for any product delivery. It was this reason that Agile companies put employees at the center of business, allowing people to achieve high value for clients. That concept is also used in the principle of this principle, and it is practiced. It enables an environment that fosters effective communication with individuals. All this helps to speed up product development. This improves collaboration and builds an inherently healthy diversity of skills and ideas, that helped it develop the products faster.

The second focuses on the importance of Working Products, even in its first stage. This is due to the fact that the product has been at its earliest developmental periods. In addition, this is an important approach to help improve quality and enables valuable proof that your product has been working in the right direction. As a result of this, product requirements are often not finalized at the start of the development process. It is necessary to demonstrate and collect feedback from stakeholders. It is this kind of feedback that can help you improve your product and better the overall value to your customers. There are other critical aspects of the situation: if things are in an active state, it helps to reduce complexity and risk. It is worth noting that too much work in progress can impact and slow the delivery performance of the team due to frequent context switching, more complex quality assurance, and increased overhead of managing open project tasks. The reason for this is frequent context switching, more complex quality assurance, and increased overhead of managing open project tasks. Since it is possible to release your product in the future, it also enables a potential early release of your product. Since everything is in working condition, a customer can take an early release. So it is possible to recover development costs earlier and help fund later version of the product.

A couple of the final two values is closely coupled with the first one. It is based on the Agile approach, which is grounded by prioritizing Customer Collaboration and Responding to Change. In addition, cooperation with customers helps create an ownership and togetherness feeling among many customers, that helps to sustain product longevity. The customer will be less inclined to stop using the product, as it has built up equity. What is the result of this, in turn reduces development waste by delivering what customers want to see and like on the product. But reacting to change becomes an important feature for development team. During the process of management, we still have time and budget constraints in Agile projects. But when managed correctly, customers are part of the process that helps to prioritize tasks as well as define what fit with them.

Agile matters to your company, why?

For example, companies need to work this way because of the inherent complexity and unpredictability of products, unpredictable use pattern. And there is no information about what will happen after launching an product at all. In addition, these factors make it difficult to plan everything before building a product. Agile improves communication between the development team, other companies and customers while it is in development. It helps to prevent late-stage surprises by implementing regular checkings with employees at every product development phase. There is also a lot of work that can be done by setting the tone and expectations for what you stand in your company, as well as how it will be like to work with you. If correctly executed it helps establish trustworthiness, honesty and humanness that are important in distinguishing your company brand.

How can you get started with Agile?

Agile values are the most important thing to focus on. The foundation for everything is values, they are the basis of everything. In my opinion, it is recommended that you reach out to an Agile mentor or coach who will help guide your team through a process that suits your project size and complexity. You can help your team in the process of learning and putting into practice values. You can join an industry trade association to get in touch with experts in your industry. This is possible if you are interested in the development of your business. Agile Alliance is one of the nonprofits that provide information online and a large community. At the same time, whatever you start, remember to promote and amplify the Agile values in your adoption process. It does not seem that there is no better way to learn than to start by supporting the values from the start. Wish you all luck and a happy new year.

Author – Ray Arell.
This post is a community blog post from Agile Alliance. The opinions expressed are personal and belong only to the author. It is not their opinion or policy that Agile Alliance represents.

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