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Agile: Introducing the Future-fit Adaptability

By Umme Sutarwala - April 09, 2021 4 mins read

In unprecedented times, analyzing the future or creating fixed plans clearly doesn’t work for businesses. Instead, they must prepare themselves for rapid evolution, be creative, and resilient enough to keep pace with the changing world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to quickly adapt to the rapidly evolving market conditions. The global pandemic made businesses realize that natural disasters can hinder business growth in spite of long-term plans and innovative ideas being in place. So, let’s take a closer look at techniques to reach adaptability, drive organizational flexibility, and react to rapid change in more effective ways.

The Agile Manifesto is the Core of all Agile Organizations

For many tech leaders, being adaptive is as important as business agility. However, to execute adaptability, businesses must have effective software development and delivery capabilities. Many businesses fail to be adaptive as they don’t have great software delivery capabilities. Therefore, “Agile” has become one of the fundamental elements in adaptability and for achieving business agility.

Enterprises are now embracing Agile and developing their cultural DNA and organizational strategy based on the values and principles set in the manifesto. In 2021, many businesses are adopting and leveraging those values and principles that are not only beneficial for software development, but also for other product development programs/projects, irrespective of the business areas (sales, marketing).

Also Read: AI Reshaping Retail; Adapt the Tech or Die

The primary step to becoming a future-fit organization is leveraging the quality of Agile, based on the manifesto’s values and principles. This helps to leverage adaptability in a way that drives customer value and meets enterprise business goals.

So, let’s take a look at a few ways businesses can be adaptive and future ready.

To Create a Fluid and Dynamic Organization

Cultural and behavioral changes are often found to be blocked by organizational silos. Therefore, organizations should establish more fluid and dynamic team structures versus siloed business functions. The communication and collaboration value of the manifesto is completely depleted when teams are forced into siloes. Besides, new organic organization structures such as squads, tribes, or swarms help in overcoming communication walls and bring in more autonomy and leadership.

Adopting New Ways of Working

Businesses must adopt new practices to leverage broader collaboration, direct communication, and connection across organizations and teams. Developing practice mastery helps companies solve new and unknown problems associated with innovative efforts, rather than providing prefixed bibles of the process with process masters predicting them. Agile frameworks and methods to understand those frameworks are useful for businesses to be more Agile (e.g., Scrum, Spotify, and XP, to name a few)

To Create and Boost Business Value

In every type of product development, products are the most important assets as they create value for businesses and their clients. In addition to business value, Agile also boosts quality, productivity, progress development, and employee experience engagement. Numerous application developments and product teams leverage those Agile metrics.

Also Read: Strategies For CIOs To Build Empathy In The Digital Age

Boosting End-to-End Business Agility

Agile destroys the barrier between business and developers whereas DevOps removes the fences between developers and IT operations. Hence, Agile and DevOps together can build close partnerships to provide end-to-end business agility in business value streams. In simple terms, developers build the Ferraris and DevOps create the expressways for cars to go at a high speed.

Therefore, businesses should adapt their values and principles at scale. And, with every value stream, they should extend their agility. If done with complete focus and discipline, businesses can highly be adaptive and create new opportunities in the coming future.

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Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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