Agile transformation has become very popular on the lips of countless team leads especially in SMBs. The last two decades have featured a high change rate from the traditional waterfall Software development methodology to the Agile Software development methodology especially among small and medium businesses.
As a small or medium scale business owner it is okay to steer clear of the pressures to join other market players in agile transformation. But it is best if this decision is taken from a place of in-depth knowledge about agile planning and methodology. Agile transformation is an evolution, and it seems like a major defining factor of the future. Do not miss out on the future, on the grounds of ignorance. Instead learn about the system so that your decision is taken from an informed standpoint.
Below is a robust explanation about Agile Transformation. After going through, you would have learned the major points about Agile transformation and realized what advantages and disadvantages there are. From this, it can become easier to make a decision to transform your team and projects to agile Software development methodologies or not.
Agile is a project management methodology that employs a step-by-step procedure in the planning, execution, and evaluation of projects.
As against the traditional waterfall project management methodology, planning, execution and evaluation are all done simultaneously in incremental phases of two to eight weeks. What this means is that a project is phased into two or more phases and at each phase, a part of the project is planned, executed, tested and sent over to the client for reviews. Reviews collected are incorporated into the project alongside the execution of other increments and again the new development is evaluated. The project cycle follows this pattern until the final phase of development.
Agile is best for small and medium sized teams or for projects whose designs emerge through trial and error. Agile transformations thrive on client’s availability for extensive meetings on review and planning, and the team’s ability to work with agile collaboration tools. The following are advantages and disadvantages of Agile transformation.
Faster turnaround times
Project agility reduces redundancies and ensures the fast deployment of projects. In conditions when clients need to capture the market before there is any competition, Agile project management comes through. Issues and misrepresentations in software development process is easily identified and fixed earlier with scrum. This way, progress is evident and tracked.
Better adaptability to change
With the Agile methodology, the possibility of wasting the few available resources is slim. At the end of each phase, you can easily detect and fix defects faster and always work on up-to-date tasks.
The iterative and flexible nature of the Agile methodology ensures the close collaboration between the project team and the customer. This helps the team to understands the needs of clients at every stage of deployment and is able to give clients quality solutions.
This incremental Software development methodology for SMBs holds much value for the project team and the customer. Since deployment is divided into phases and conducted in rapid, iterative cycles; funds for rerunning projects are cut out.
It cannot thrive in a system that features bureaucracy either on the part of the client or the team.
Limitation by output
The Agile software development methodology is more suited for product companies over service-providing companies and consultancies.
Agile Rollout Plan
Develop Team / Agilists
The first step to running an Agile transformation is to get the team members onboard. Agility is more people-oriented than number-centric. It takes an agilists team to seamlessly run the agile software development methodology. At this point, the team lead at the SMB is charged with the responsibility of identifying a project through which the team can learn the practicality of agility.
Review of current processes / gaps and go-to actions
Once the demo project is identified, the team lead then takes the team through the review of the present software development process, highlights the gaps in the procedure and recommends agile transformation as a solution.
Now that the team has realized the lag that the traditional project management method produces, you would have created a good launch pad for introducing the Agile software development methodology. It is obvious to the team that there is a need for a transformation and hence, the team is better prepared to welcome the transformation process and give in their best to the deployment of a seamless transformation.
Once you have readied the minds of team members then the introduction is made. Team members are served with a detailed but abstract explanation of what the Agile methodology is and what is expected of an Agile team.
Agile Game (Lego?) to help with understanding concepts
Now that the abstract learning phase is over, you can help the team learn Scrum better with games. Introduce the team to the concept of Scrum with the Lego game. It helps the team to get a hands-on experience of the operations of the Agile project management methodology.
Tools/Roles and Schedule
At this point the team lead introduces the trial project to the team, allocates roles, schedules tasks, identifies testing resources, sets up testing tools, plans test, decides architecture, maps out tracking tools and sets iteration period. This demo project is the crux of the transformation process and if well deployed will save the team some months of errors, redundancies and fall outs.
The execution of the project is rolled out. The planning stage is executed, and team members are up to speed with the details required to execute the project. Now, the team lead carefully directs the team in deploying the agile methodology.
At this point, the objective is to help team mates to fully understand the procedure rather than achieve great quality. So, entertain as much questions as there are, encourage mistakes, provide practical welcomed.
The final stage of deployment is an evaluation of the transformation process. The team lead wants to collect feedbacks about lessons learnt, grey areas, area of strength, and area of improvement.
In conclusion, Agile transformation is a must-do process for every product offering small or medium scale business. While it is okay to have the team lead chart the course of the transformation process, several consulting services provide this service with topnotch professionalism and excellence. ITSTEADY is a key player within this niche. ITSTEADY consulting service has proven track of successful engagement in Agile Transformation. The detailed and simple transformation procedures employed helps teams around the globe to join the Agile force seamlessly over a little learning period.
Saying that Scrum is the future of team collaboration is no further from the truth. It is the present. So, if you ever make a decision to join this force, ITSTEADY is your go-to.
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