Agile project management methods have made a huge impact in information technology. Over the past 25 years, they have improved quality and speed to market as well as increased software development success rates. AI-powered AI-powered agile innovation has also played a part in boosting the motivation and productivity of many innovation management teams.
Digital transformation is about changing the way businesses run and preparing your organization for ever-changing internal factors, industry trends, competitors and emerging technologies. An agile approach to executing new initiatives ensures that all teams can adapt quickly while delivering value often. This is key to surviving in a fiercely developing world of digital.
Agile methodologies have been used across a wide spectrum of industries with a number of functions, including the C-suite. John Deere uses agile for the development of new machines, Intronis employs them in marketing, and National Public Radio uses these methods for new programming. Honeywell uses agile methods in its transformation into a 21st-century digital industrial company.
First and foremost, agile offers speed and flexibility. New business initiatives are usually rolled out in great detail and little room for change. But the agile process embraces change and is ready for it. If a team discovers another solution that produces desirable results, they have the flexibility to test it out and make the switch if they need to.
Encourages Continuous Improvement
Agile teams are continually collaborating, learning and adjusting, reviewing what works and what needs improvement. Agile gives everyone the time to expand their knowledge while learning to share and apply all new learnings to the project at every stage prior to moving forward.
Technology is not the only solution. Agile recognizes this when it comes to digital transformation. Agile methodology knows that only after a team has defined its challenges and objectives should any new action be taken. When agile is applied to innovation, it ensures that the entire process of finding new ideas and solutions is aligned with the needs of the business.
Continuously Delivers Value
Agile delivers value incrementally as a project or idea develops. Digital transformation is a process that should never truly end. With agile, teams work in short yet productive advancements, which deliver valuable outcomes in smaller chunks but more frequently (as opposed to waiting for several months for outcomes that may not ultimately materialize or even overwhelm the business).
When you approach your digital transformation with an agile methodology, your chances of failure are significantly diminished. With constant communication, regular testing, collaborative feedback and daily updates, a risk is greatly reduced as it will be harder to miss an issue before it is too late. Problems that arise will be caught and dealt with early.
Fosters Higher Team Morale
People are at the core of change and innovation. Highly motivated and high-performing individuals make up teams that create high-quality outcomes. A certain level of self-management, creativity, automatic course correction, and regularly expanding knowledge are all advantages of the agile process. Agile team members are less likely to run into the lack of inclination or time associated with teams that chase unworkable ideas or work overtime to meet unrealistic deadlines on a regular basis. Creating an agile work environment will spark a motivated, inspired, and ready to positively shape the future of your company and industry.