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This all makes sense doesn’t it? So why is Agile even a thing?
The 4 Agile Values are:
The Agile Mindset does well in disciplines other than (software) engineering. Your marketing team, vendor management team and sales team can all apply it to their activities. Just about all regular corporate departments can benefit from becoming more agile.
Agile frameworks such as Disciplined Agile, SAFe, the Crystal Method and Kanban are suitable tools to help a corporation become more agile. They offer ways to optimize corporate organization by integrating agile and waterfall methods of working.
For more on this, read “Here’s Why (And How) Non-Software Teams Are Adopting Agile Methodologies.”
But let’s get back to agile software development.
Development and delivery in agile is iterative. Work gets done in short iterations, usually lasting 1 or 2 weeks. Sometimes up to 4. It’s also incremental because in each iteration you build small slices of working software that can stand on their own two feet.
Here’s more on this process. Iterative and Incremental Development: Refuse to Choose
While there are benefits to doing this, there are also many drawbacks:
There are many frameworks and methodologies available that’ll help you on your agile journey. For example, Scrum, Kanban, Lean Software Development, and Extreme Programming.
You’ll also find frameworks to help scale agile to multiple teams and even throughout your organization. You’ll find a comprehensive but succinct overview in “6 Scaled Agile Frameworks – Which One Is Right For You?”
Here’s a quick look at some well-known techniques.
The agile way of working demands radical change that often is at odds with vested interests and long-standing organizational structures and reward systems. Often especially so in large corporations and governments used to rigid contracts and top-down direction.
Remember, you can still use your Agile Mindset and some agile frameworks even if a customer insists on a waterfall approach such as fixed costs and fixed delivery times. For example, here’s how Kanban can help.
Recognize that it will take time to make all the changes needed to move to a fully agile business model. Depending on the scale of the Agile adoption in your enterprise, there are several tools available that will support your journey – you can see Digite’s tools here https://www.digite.com/products/
Agile Methodologies In-depth: Sudiptar Malakar.
Agile Project Management QuickStart Guide: Ed Stark.
The Scrum Guide: Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland.
Scrum Product Ownership: Navigating the Forest and the Trees: Bob Galen.
Unlocking Agility: An Insider’s Guide to Agile Enterprise Transformation: Jorgen Hesselberg
Examining the Agile Manifesto: Scott Ambler
Agile is Dead. Long live Agility: Dave Thomas
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