Agile development enables organisations to lead the way with digital innovation, rather than just trying to keep pace with it
If one thing is certain in the new digital era, it’s that businesses far and wide are investing in digital transformation.
Across a number of industries, enterprises are digitising their customer experiences at scale and at speed, while re-orienting themselves to operate like a hi-tech, forward-thinking company. According to IDC, 44 percent of organisations have already started implementing a digital-first approach to business.
Agile development can play an instrumental role in making this digital transformation happen in practice. The roots of this approach date back to the early days of software development and the Agile Manifesto; essentially it is a process of change that involves continuous testing and growth, with changes implemented through collaborative, cross-functional teams continually providing feedback, learning and reacting quickly to change.
Limbering up for agile
Those who are not used to an agile approach can find themselves facing numerous questions when they start using it, ranging from how it works in practice and how it can be scaled to whether it enables you to behave differently from the competition.
Whatever their concerns are, those moving to an agile approach need to accept that it only works with a holistic approach, setting out with a mindset that you will work on your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses.
The agile model is becoming more mainstream in today’s digitally-inclusive ecosystem, and is now being used in various processes across enterprises. Just like how Rome wasn’t built in a day, this people-centric process must be given time to thrive; the changes will be incremental, and with the right planning, businesses can deploy agile methods with success.
It undoubtedly worth investing time to adopt this approach. Enterprises that do will be paid back in digital transformation success over the longer term. Here are five ways agile development can deliver digital transformation initiatives that last:
Organising your team
Product teams are responsible for building, running and maintaining platforms that integrate the existing processes with modernised tools and applications.