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Tips to Incorporate Agile into Your Business’s IT

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Posted June 11, 2019

The Agile Alliance describes Agile as “ the ability to create and respond to change.” Agile project management has become the method that many different businesses, like grants management, have begun to adopt over the past few years. Incorporating Agile into any business requires effort from everyone. If some members of your team aren’t on board, it can be hard to implement these changes.

Project management cycle. Image credit: TheDigitalArtist via Pixabay (Pixabay licence)

Project management cycle. Image credit: TheDigitalArtist via Pixabay (Pixabay licence)

Incorporating Agile in your business’s IT can bring a lot of benefits to the way your team thinks and works through problems. To help get started on this journey, here are a few tips that can help.

Take the others into consideration

One of the most important aspects of Agile is to provide valuable software for customers. Agile is focused on making sure the software is useful for users. Your business’s IT should be working to be as helpful to others as possible. Keeping in mind how customers will be using the software and creating what will work best for them. Detailed product reviews can help teams make necessary changes.

Focus on collaboration

To get Agile to be effective for your IT department, it will require a lot of teamwork. The work of the IT department won’t be as effective without receiving regular input from other departments. This will require effort from not only IT, but also business people. The two teams will have to work hand in hand to develop new products. This will involve daily meetings between the two groups. These meetings are short, but ensure that everyone is on the same page and is aware of their tasks.

Be willing to take risks

When you’re switching to Agile, it can be hard to abandon a more rigid system. This change requires companies to make a lot of changes in their culture. Agile methodology has a greater chance of mistakes being made than more traditional models do. This is often one of the most difficult parts of changing to Agile. Teams should be accepting of the risk of mistakes and ready to move past them. Redefining goals and success can help make this change an easier one.

Make adjustments

If you follow all the elements of Agile practicing for a few months and something feels wrong, you can look into switching something. While everyone should follow the practices strictly when first starting out, you might find over time that some parts don’t work well in your company. Tips on how to make this system work more effectively for different teams is included in the 12 principles of Agile.

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