Tag: Agile

05
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Learn How Agile Software Development Can Help Your Team

More and more development teams are turning toward an Agile approach and for a good reason. Recent studies suggest that organizations adopting an Agile approach experienced a 71% increase in project cost reduction. Development teams are finding they can speed up software development without sacrificing quality.

The Agile approach is thought to have started in the mid-90s. Software developers mixed old ideas with inventive, new ideas and combined them into new methodologies. They found the new methodologies to be impactful, so they created a framework to spread their ideas to other teams. Their frameworks—Scrum, Extreme Programming, Feature-Driven Development (FDD), and the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)—began to appear. From there, teams all over started to tweak this approach to fit their unique needs.

The Agile approach can help software development teams embrace the power of collaboration and self-organization. In this post, we’ll explain how it can benefit distributed teams, in particular.

Agile software development basics

Many industries have adopted Agile. With more than 50% of hiring managers using independent professionals for more strategic work, it’s no surprise that the Agile approach is regularly applied to software development.

With this in mind, we’ll jump into some of the basic principles of Agile.

The Agile Manifesto

The values of Agile Manifesto as applied to software development include:

  • Individuals and interactions
  • Working software
  • Customer collaboration
  • Responding to change

These four values of the Agile Manifesto have expanded into the 12 Principles. These principles elaborate on the most fundamental truths of an Agile approach. The highest priority of this approach is customer satisfaction with consistent software delivery.

For your hybrid team, this means you can adapt to ever-changing environments by embracing collaboration, promoting sustainable development, and paying attention to detail.

The Agile approach vs. the “Waterfall” process

The “waterfall” approach is the more

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Leading an Agile Organization with an Efficiency Mindset

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All indicators seem to point to markets, organizations, and the nature of work being transformed on a massive scale and at an accelerating pace within the coming decade. During this mass transformation, up to 40 percent of the U.S. workforce will see their current jobs eliminated, requiring workers to be reassigned, retrained or upskilled as their organizations respond to the continuous challenges and opportunities of the ever-changing, hyper-competitive market.

As innovation accelerates, organizations will likely have to optimize for both efficiency and agility, driven by the relentless demand for more value per unit cost. These two often-opposing organizational goals will force us to rethink work and retool workforces. Organizations of the future will need to be agile and team-based, with access to a skills-oriented, fluid, expert workforce. They will also have to embrace automation, which will cause huge disruptions in labor markets, and to the nature of work.

Achieving both agility and efficiency requires a new managerial mindset, new organizational structures, a dramatic shift in the nature of work and the makeup of workforces, and the continued adoption of advancements in technology and automation.

Market forces demanding change.

The number of consumers, their market power, and their expectations are growing rapidly. While the expanding market is being driven by globalization, developing economies, and