The value of agile approaches is often understated. The promise of agility is that ongoing improvement can be achieved much more effectively and at a lower cost than with a more traditional approach. It’s a seductive promise because it offers rapid returns on investment for little effort. It’s easy to convince yourself that agile practices can deliver the quick fixes that your business needs when in fact they can, but only if they are executed the right way.
As our world changes faster than ever, so too must the way we create and innovate. As such, organizations large and small are choosing agile over traditional development practices, for a host of proven benefits. This month, we’re exploring how companies around the globe are embracing agile—and reaping its myriad rewards.
The ability to scale will drive every large organization forward. If a company can push itself to new heights, it will win more customers, expand its market and attract new talent. Organizations that can most effectively use this force are those that consistently adapt and pivot. Agile, or adaptive leadership, is becoming increasingly popular in large institutions both big and small. Large companies like Accenture and Deloitte are using agile methods to transform their business models, while startups are embracing the principles as well. Let’s take a look at why agile is transforming business and how it can be used by companies of all sizes to improve their bottom line while expanding their reach and competitiveness.
The Top 3 Most Valuable Benefits of Agile:
- Higher Productivity: The agile method emphasizes continuous iteration as a means to continuously improve products. It advocates for short-term goals, sprints, and product releases. Doing this allows products to reach the market quickly and gives the team the ability to redirect their focus to any sudden changes at any point.
- More Control: Incremental developments are a great way to divide work into manageable parts and allow for quick performance with iterative cycles. Sprint meetings allow project teams to share progress, discuss issues and solve problems. They also make the entire process more transparent and allow for easy oversight.
- Higher Customer Satisfaction: When you work closely with a project team and the customer, you can ensure that the customer has a say in what they want and can request adjustments along the way. The customer then feels more involved and is getting exactly what they envisioned. The result is a more satisfied customer!