How reasons have changed
As the maturity of understanding and appetite for adopting Agile practices spreads in organisations, the reasons for using these practices has also matured. It might be termed the Agile beneﬁts.
Organisations can create more innovative products because the
customer, the developers and management are closely coupled in short feedback loops. Short delivery cycles, sometimes as short as a few days, allow new products to be in use by customers while competitors are still talking about what they will deliver in a few months’ time.
Organisation as a network
This closely coupled loop of customer, development and management has given many companies a new perspective on how they should organise.
Many new terms such as squads, chapters, tribes and guilds are being used in companies where you will not see a traditional, hierarchical organisation chart.
Closer cooperation brings greater customer satisfaction as well as employee satisfaction and ultimately stakeholder satisfaction.
The bottom line
You build the right product, with lower maintenance and with less waste. And with more satisﬁed people.
The original reasons
This may be apocryphal, but in the early days of Agile adoption there were only two types of companies that considered Agile:
- Proactive companies
- Companies that had no other way
For leaders, they knew that other companies would want to eat their lunch, so they had to ﬁnd new and innovative ways to stay ahead of the pack.
For many companies, they knew they were going to be pushed out of their markets unless they came up with something to beat their competitors.
Just do it
The conclusion is you can’t ignore Agile, even though the term has been tarnished by overuse. Some people hope to go back to the ordered, phase-based, meticulously planned world. Some even call it “Post-Agile”.
Agile ways of working extend beyond the software development team. As software is part of the business of companies, even if it is not their product, we see rapid growth of those companies that can more quickly grow the software that their company relies on.
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