Business Agility has been regarded as the most effective method for keeping innovation teams going with speed and accuracy. To address the demands of remote work during the global pandemic in 2020, many organizations were forced to adopt agile methodologies to survive, even if not grow.
Businesses of all sizes are feeling the effects of uncertainty all over the world. Surviving and succeeding in a time of disruption come down to how quickly the company can recognize and react to disruptive changes. However, that’s not easy when the company’s planning processes are outdated -with long planning periods, legacy infrastructure, and siloed efforts.
At this point, even conventional market forces have been difficult to maneuver around. All business teams are under pressure to find new ways to work with agility as a result of technological advancements, consumer demands, and smarter, data-driven decision-making.
According to a 2020 Accenture Business Agility report, respondents have identified collaboration and communication as the highest value emerging from their business agility journey.
3 Effective Ways to Assure Business Agility
For tech teams and leaders ready to move forward as companies return to the physical workplace, here are four ways they can reset agile teams and processes without wasting time or talent.
Examine the maturity of the agile team
Historically, process maturity is easier to achieve when team members work together. That forms the foundation of sound agile processes. Since that became unlikely during the pandemic, in-person communication was replaced by video and voice-driven connections. For tech leaders, the question now is how a year or more of separation will affect team success and maturity levels.
For certain teams, determining maturity levels can require reverting to simple agile metrics including lead times, throughput, and sprint burndowns. It is important to examine what numbers the team was reaching prior to pandemic-driven dispersion and how those numbers have changed. This should show whether there was a maturity lapse, stability, or development in agile team performance, as well as provide a new basis for evaluating future goals and progress.
Assess the cohesiveness and coordination of agile teams
In-person experiences are valued over systems and resources in the agile phase. In this period of transformation, it’s critical to determine how the pandemic impacted team engagement and culture, as well as whether or not teams are still successful as a working unit.
Some team members enjoy working remotely and want to keep doing so; others may want to return to physically working together. Tech leaders must recognize that not all team members can return to work with the same mentality, and they must investigate and expose those discrepancies in the same way they evaluate performance levels. Variable levels of maturity on an agile team, including varying levels of personal satisfaction and motivation, can be extremely disruptive. Businesses can use surveys and check-ins to uncover any dissatisfaction that may be eroding agility, then change and realign teams as needed.
Ensure that the top management team is on board
Agile will only succeed if everyone is on board. That is, from the top-down and bottom-up perspectives. Organizations must remember to emphasize the importance of agile rigor and gradual advancements to the business leaders and sponsors who still anticipate fantastic outcomes from the tech team as the new standard starts to take shape and demands for more and quicker deliverables flood in.
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Senior leaders have the authority to eliminate roadblocks in the way of agile tech teams and to form the vision that drives their work. When companies turn to technology to help them achieve their objectives, incorporating agile practice and theory into it will help teams avoid unrealistic standards and gain new supporters for true iterative, collaborative development.
Since agile is so widely used in software development, many people chase the speed without ever taking the time to ensure that their teams and processes are ready to succeed. It’s good for the team, tech development, and the company to take a moment to pause and reset as the post-pandemic growth surge begins.