Some organizations are curious about agile and want to know the benefits of working with this methodology. While there are a number of benefits and opportunities from going agile, there are also a few challenges for leaders to run. Agile will create teams and grip multiple developers against each project, which may mean that the organization can no longer comfort as many projects as it once tried to support. Development teams, compared to individual developers that are working alone, have an easier time pushing back on impossible workloads, and this will require managers to start striping down the lower priority projects and products. This will require leadership to facilitate discussions to help the organization start “doing less, better”—that is, focusing the organization on increasing the quality of fewer products. Below are five benefits of “going agile” to add to the conversation at your agency.
Below we will explore some of the key ways in which Agile software development can benefit both your team and your clients, making for better and more efficient products.
1. Financial Kudos
The bottom line matters. As a manager, you’re in a key position to thrive or dive based on the monthly, quarterly, or annual profit expected from your team, division, or project. While going Agile isn’t a cost-savings measure, it does have a direct collision on profitability. In fact, there is an entire online training workshop dedicated to validating and monitoring performance metrics. Note these interesting starts recently released by Version One in the 8th Annual State of Agile report:
- 85% of respondents listed “reduce cost” as an important motivation behind going agile
- After doing so, 87% saw increased productivity in their groups.
- 86% experienced developed project visibility.
- 82% saw an increase in product quality
- And 83% found agile methods made a rapid time to market possible.
2. Improved Quality
One of the greatest benefits of an agile framework is developed product quality. By breaking down the project into possible units, the project team can focus on testing, high-quality development, and collaboration. Also, by producing frequent builds and reviews and conducting testing during each iteration, quality is developed by finding and fixing defects quickly and identifying expectation mismatches early.
By adopting agile software development practices, organizations can deliver solutions on time and with a higher degree of client and customer satisfaction. By incorporating the ability to change, they are better able to incorporate feedback from demos, usability testing, and customers into the product.
Here are a few more interesting points from the Version One survey that may be eye-opening:
- The single greatest development recorded, as noted by 92% of respondents who implemented agile management, was an developed ability to manage changing priorities.
- As noted above, 87% saw a direct grow in productivity.
- 82% noticed a better alignment between IT and business objectives (meaning less back and forth and more moving forward.)
- And 78% labeled the project development process as simpler overall than it was prior to going agile.
3. Happy Teams, High Performing Teams
Agile is all about team collaboration and communications. Communication among team members increases transparency while empowering them to do a better job by constantly reminding them of the common goal, the mission statement. The increased transparency and clear goals also mean that your team doesn’t require micromanagement. In Agile, your different teams are able to work together effectively and every single member of your team has a voice. This increased transparency allows them to contribute their best work, giving your customers exactly what they need, exactly when they need it.
Here that starts with the structure of an Agile Rangle team: Product Owner, Developer and/or Product Designer, Business Quality Analyst, Scrum Master. On the delivery side we may also include people with special skills (vertical expertise, accessibility, analytics, for example) to make sure we have a very well-rounded team.
While working closely with client stakeholders, teams are able to anticipate product changes and makes quick course realignment all while working creatively to prioritize features and efforts.
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