When something is agile, it moves quickly and easily.
With the telecoms and IT space advancing at such a pace, your business processes need to be as agile as possible.
This was the idea behind the Agile project management methodology.
Traditional project management strategies are sequential and non-iterative. A more “formal” approach to project management, this methodology demands that comprehensive designs and estimates are all completed up front.
While this way of doing things may work if you’re building a house, it’s not really appropriate if you’re developing software. Software design involves a lot of testing and trial and error; adapting strategies as technologies advance and markets change.
By dividing up tasks into smaller tasks, with regular opportunities to reassess things and adapt plans as the project evolves, Agile software development calls for constant collaboration. The aim being to assess if your work is on the right track.
Agile software development isn’t longer or tougher – it’s just different. With traditional project management, if there were 10 tasks on a list, you’d only evaluate the work you’ve done once all of these jobs were completed. When adopting an Agile approach, you’d prioritise the list and deliver the highest priority item as quickly as possible so that it can be used right away.
Want to find out some of the intricacies of this approach? Here are a few things to consider.
It may just be a development methodology, but Agile starts with people. If your development and technical teams don’t buy into this concept, you’ll never succeed in your roll out or adoption. When executed poorly, Agile can actually be very detrimental. It’s important that experienced people, who understand the process, take the lead. Agile is really about people, and enabling them to be innovative, creative and just do good work.
Trust is a big element of this approach. Rather than micromanaging people, they’re left to keep themselves busy. And by freeing people up from monitoring and tracking what others are doing, staff can redirect their energy towards innovation and meeting clients’ needs.
But Agile doesn’t throw traditional ways of doing things out the door. Too many processes slow you down – you can’t respond quickly enough if you have to deal with huge amounts of admin in order to complete a single task. Likewise, a lack of process can mean you start neglecting things, which hampers your longer-term strategies.
Agile software development is not a silver bullet. It certainly won’t fix all your problems. What it will do, however, is quickly highlight any issues you may be having. Because you’re constantly communicating and collaborating across teams, and with clients, things that may have been swept under the carpet will be exposed. And these issues can be dealt with before they have a greater impact on efficiency and productivity.
At Nebula, we have to be hyper responsive to market changes in order to best meet our customers’ requirements. Competing in the high-performance telecoms space, we need a methodology that makes it easy for us to adapt. If we aren’t flexible enough to change as the market evolves, we could miss out on potential market opportunities.
Agile allows us to see where we may be over or under investing and change things up. If you’re keen to explore Agile but aren’t sure of the intricacies of this approach, we’re here to help. Simply fill in your details below and one of our helpful Nebulites will be in touch.