When we talk about agile methodology, we are referring to all practices that, in managing any project (technological or not), are based on the agile manifesto:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contractual negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
The Agile Manifesto arose from the critical vision of seventeen software developers who, in 2001, understood that digital transformation entailed the need to be much more flexible in work processes as a result of increasingly more dynamic workplaces, task automation and execution time pressures.
The agile approach in the 21st Century
Eighteen years later we have seen important changes in the workforce, from the appearance of new (and automated) tools to the emergence of new job positions. We might say then, that digital transformation has gone from being an aspiration for the future to a phenomenon of today.
Ergo, as the visionaries of agile methodologies anticipated, some organisations are beginning to consider new ways to advance their projects since, today, offering quality products and services certainly requires adapting to digitalisation, being open to innovation, and implementing the agile methods that allow us to do so.
The different organisations that have made the leap and begun to use agile methods have enjoyed the following benefits:
- They improved delivery and decision-making time frames
- They began to implement feedback in order to identify opportunities for improvement and to recognise results
- They were able to achieve a more enriching analysis thanks to the formation of agile teams within the organisation
- They were able to anticipate challenges ahead of time
- They achieved a more horizontal organisational structure
- They changed the orientation of their business efforts to be market-based
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Agile Management as the bedrock of collaborative working
Agile methodologies allow us to organise and plan, at both the group and individual levels, the tasks and projects that we must tackle on a daily basis at our organisations. There are a variety of techniques and tools available, but they all have a common goal: to boost output during working hours, increase the quality of final products, foster teamwork and improve internal communication within our organisations.
It is important to emphasise that there is no single magic formula that serves all work teams alike. What’s important is to try out the different systems available until we discover which one or ones adapt best to the needs and objectives of our organisation.
Dare to achieve the objectives of your projects through innovative methodologies, reinforcing teamwork and commitment to the organisation.