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Understanding Agile

What is agile?

Agile focuses on an incremental approach to project management, designed to help businesses achieve their goals in a faster, more transparent manner, while delivering consistent value to their clients. Within organisations, agile frameworks build close collaboration, effective risk control and holistic working practices to allow teams to effectively respond and adapt to change. 

What is a sprint in agile?

Sprints are the core of the Scrum framework, giving teams the opportunity to turn ideas into value. Used to ensure that the quality of delivery never decreases, Sprints enable predictability within teams, effectively measuring and adapting progress to achieve Goals. Building predictable progress through each Sprint allows for greater transparency within teams, drastically reducing risks and aiding cost management. 

When to use agile methodology?

Whilst agile was founded within software development, agility can be applied to any organisation facing change, disparate business units, or complex projects. When multiple teams, people or processes struggle to work together, communication fails and projects  can rapidly decrease in productivity. Agile methodology is used to discover an effective delivery approach for the organisation, while embedding sustainable transparency and collaboration between each business unit.

Agile Transformation

What is agile transformation?

Agile transformation is the process of embracing an agile mindset, culture shift and delivery model in order to thrive through disruptive market conditions. When a full agile transformation is achieved, your entire team adopts an integrated approach to agile principles, implementing sustained behaviour change without the need for external support. 

How to move from waterfall to agile?

When a full agile transformation takes place, traditional elements of waterfall management are replaced with new working practices that embed sustainable, collaborative agile values. An incremental change approach, close collaboration and dedicated real time support and coaching are crucial to a successful transition, without the risk of stalled delivery.

Can waterfall and agile go together?

Many firms find it difficult to embed complete agile frameworks immediately, and so adopt a Bi-Modal approach while transforming. The agile-waterfall hybrid is often implemented by businesses with multiple teams and outputs, or those transitioning to agile through an incremental approach.  In this model, organisations combine the planning and tracking of waterfall approaches with the delivery-focused, transparency and user-centric emphases of agility. 

How long does an agile transformation take?

Successful business agility requires a change in mindset and skillset within your entire organisation; the quicker this shift takes place, the more quickly transformation can be achieved. Every business requires a bespoke approach to change. In our experience for determined enterprise organisations undergoing a full agile transformation, change is estimated to take between three and five years. 

Project Recovery

When to use agile project management?

When outputs are low or a project is no longer moving forward, agile principles can be used to help teams define new working practices, that make delivery at pace possible. By focusing on collaboration in order to work through the issues stalling project delivery, agility builds best practice in teams, enabling them to produce consistently high-quality results quickly, while reducing risks and costs. 

What is lean agile project management?

Applied to people, processes, technologies and structures within an entire organisation, lean agile project management uses lean thinking to help businesses shed light on their processes, and prioritises a focus on value for their end-users. 

How to use lean agile principles?

Lean agile principles use lean change processes to make incremental shifts in working practices. Working processes, risk management and team learning are inspected retrospectively in order to reflect on and resolve issues in delivery. 

What steps are involved in project recovery?

For effective project recovery, businesses first need to uncover and accept the real issue behind a drop in delivery. With a focus on transparent communications, flexibility and adherence to best practice principles, agile project recovery works closely with teams to reorganise their delivery approach, building effective collaboration and risk management together. Effective solutions are found through aggressive discovery and remediation, to ensure delivery outcomes are on track to be achieved.