Why adopt Agile? What benefits can we expect from Agile?
Often this question is answered with a standard “better or faster ROI”, especially when the idea of Agile is being sold to management. While “faster ROI” sounds realistic, I feel “better or more ROI” may not always be the case, especially in the beginning when the team/org is going through the learning curve. But, there will definitely be other benefits of adopting Agile ways of working.
Below is a list of benefits that could be expected an Agile transition (in due course of time, not instantly):
Better collaboration with customer
– Understand customer needs better and seek continuous feedback on work completed, rather than working in a disconnected (highly presumptive) manner.
– Build only what really matters, and nothing else. A case in point – most product surveys reveal than more than 50% of product features are rarely or never used.
Faster time to market
– Build products continuously and deliver frequently.
– Empower and support team to do things on their own, so team members feel connected with their work and take pride in it – leading to a motivated team environment.
Sustainable and Predictable pace of development
– Achieve a consistent and sustainable pace of development rather than periods of complacency followed by bursts of panic and chaos.
More responsiveness to change
– Respond to change with a focus on maximizing value rather than resisting change to maximize planned productivity.
– Agile improves transparency among team members, and between team and external stakeholders (customer/management)
Continuously evolving process
– Team evolves the development process so it is most effective for the given context and its challenges.
Reduced process waste
– A side effect of building what really matters, faster feedback cycle and continuously evolving process.
Better Product Quality
– A side effect of faster feedback cycles, collective code ownership and continuously evolving process.
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