The way we work has dramatically changed over the last decade. By now, you’ve either gotten on board with the program or realized that you needed to adapt in order to survive in today’s job market predominated by technology. [The fact that you’re even reading this proves that you have.] But how about the organizations for whom you work? In their quest to enhance efficiency and productivity, have they been keeping up with the new “agile” times or just going through the motions? If the latter, then they have fallen into the faux agile category in which they have resisted adopting true agile behaviors. To be truly agile, you must adopt Agile’s core values and principles (in accordance with the Agile Manifesto):
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
By embracing these core values and principals, your organization will work its way towards achieving a revolutionary approach to its project planning. Keeping this in mind, your software development team will collectively work together to determine what precisely needs to get done, how exactly, and by whom. Rather than doing away with the distinct roles of the various IT professionals that comprise this team, this simply calls for a more concerted effort of sharing roles and responsibilities. Here are a few hard questions that your organization can explore to determine just how agile it really is:
- Is your organization ready for change?
- Is your team flexible?
- Is your team ready for a new mindset?
- Does your team feel empowered to make decisions?
- Have you and your team adopted the core Agile behaviors?
- Is the primary goal of iteration clearly being followed?
- Is testing integrated throughout the entire lifecycle?
- Are all team members included during the product review?
By having the team work together rather than in silos, the Agile approach will allow your organization to achieve the end result more efficiently and ensure the satisfaction of its end user – the customer.