Agile brings the ability to respond to changes quickly and with minimal disruption to workflow, but it take some effort to adapt it. Discover 10 guidelines to follow to make the transition to agile more efficient.
The “agile methodology” is making its presence more well-known, and, increasingly, teams are trying to adopt it to improve their performance when completing projects with increased efficacy and reduced costs.
Among their many advantages, agile teams give you the ability to respond to changes quickly and with minimal disruption to workflow, but implementing it takes a more than a token commitment. You’ll have to adopt a new workplace philosophy and should follow a few guidelines to make sure that your transition goes as smoothly as possible.
In one sense, you’re the team-building visionary who’s going to bring the full capacity of the agile philosophy to work. At the same time, however, you have to allow for flexibility, leave some room for change, and give your team the confidence to air their opinions.
Once the team is refreshed and back from their Hawaii tours and other exotic vacations, you’ll need to get to work straight away by familiarizing yourself with the technology you’ll be working with, the challenges at hand, and how you’ll define your team’s purpose.
The team can’t succeed if they don’t have direction. Your job is to solve problems, but you can’t tackle those problems if you don’t know what they are. On top of that, not every problem is the one you should be addressing in the current moment. Identify the right ones, then get your team to work.
If you and the team lose steam, you’ll be less able to handle the challenges you’ll encounter.
Do your best to maintain a steady pace by encouraging the team to communicate openly and giving them the tools they need to do their jobs. This isn’t to say there’s no place for breaks.
By all means, take five to run through your growing email list or your Plumfund.com account, but keep it structured and get right back on target afterward.
This planning will come in the form of meetings, organized by you, with the purpose of identifying those short-term goals and how they relate to the long-term objective.
It’s the most effective means of communication. It allows you to convey the maximum amount of information in the most efficient manner possible and cuts down the likelihood of your message being misinterpreted.
You have to have motivated individuals to get the best work. Fill your team with members who have the drive to succeed, and give them the responsibility to handle what they need to in the way they best know how.
Remember, your job is not to micro-manage the team, order them to perform specific tasks, or make big decisions on their behalf. Your job is to facilitate, and part of doing so is allowing your team to form the structure that works best.
This speaks for itself. Use simple terms when communicating and simple metrics to measure your success when you can, else you’ll run the risk of over complicating things unnecessarily.
This will allow your team to measure how effective their efforts have been, and adjust strategy accordingly to better meet their goals.
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