Notes on Agile

More and more people dive into the Agile philosophy and want to use it in their projects. In the multitude of experiences with Agile, some observations stand out:

1 People are quickly convinced of the Agile methodolgy and are eager to work with it.

2 Scrum as an Agile method has become a de facto standard. This is due both to the apparent simplicity and also to the widely available possibilities for training and certifications.

3 When used in projects, Agile turns out to be (much) more difficult than expected. We see that small teams within small businesses are the most likely to book quick results. Within larger organizations however, problems seem to appear quickly thereby stagnating the agility, inhibiting successes and stimulating the use of suboptimal methodical mixed forms.

4 Professionals working in IT have lots of opportunities to develop their Agile skills. They can participate in training, attend events, read blogs and visit websites.

5 Professionals at the top of their field within their organizations, need to exchange knowledge with peers outside their organization to continue to learn.

6 The idea behind Agile working is to help organizations create value much faster. The time needed to mould an idea into a product is shortened significantly. That requires more than just IT.

7 To achieve business Agility an organization as a whole (or for the most part) needs to support the Agile method.

8 Mainly in large organizations there are several hurdles to take to achieve business Agility. These barriers are found in the field of HR and reward management, culture and way of working and organizational structure.

9 In order to realize business Agility, it is necessary to remove the obstacles in the organization.

10 To achieve business Agility, it is important to have as a business driver a shorter time to market. Other drivers, such as cost reduction, are of minor importance. Increasing quality is, however, a significant additional driver.

11 Agility lasts only within a continuous learning organization