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Building an Agile Environment

Agile is the new, revolutionary working style of the IT industry. So much is being talked about agile management that many companies are switching to the agile environment just for experimentation. Of course, most of them continue with it.

But what exactly are agile management, agile mindset and agile management system? Different theorists have different definitions of agile. But they all point to the same proposition. It refers to a working environment where all members collaborate in a cohesive team and work in their specific roles to achieve common organization’s goal. Basically, agile system divides the authority as well as responsibility among all team members.

The Agile Manifesto is centered on four values: communication with parties is more important than standard procedures and tools, focus on delivering a working application and less focus on providing thorough documentation, collaborate more with clients, and last be open to changes instead of freezing the scope of the work.

A team’s efforts come down to every member’s approach towards it. This is where agile mindset it required. An individual’s attitude and behavioral thinking towards sustaining an agile environment is called agile mindset. More than being a team member, you should strive to be a team player. An agile professional typically should have some qualities which will help or her survive in an agile framework. The most pertinent ones are:

Personal Skills

  • Positive attitude: Should be mild-mannered in face of adversity
  • Thirst for knowledge: Must undertake continual learning of new tools and skills and grow one’s craft
  • Goal of team success: Must focus on achieving common goals, keeping personal interests aside
  • Pragmatism: Apply practical and retrospective approach to every task and situation
  • Willingness to fail: Should be able to face failure like a pro and take it as a learning experience
  • Good communication skills: Developing interpersonal relations with team members is the key to effective teamwork and achieving desired results
  • Facilitation: Adding value to the team performance and showing dedicated responsibility and leadership skills
  • Conflict resolution: Must be able to address problematic situations with fresh and alternative solutions
  • Assertiveness: Must be able to voice concerns with strongly opinionated communication skills
  • Commitment consciousness: Should be able to meet deadlines in the specific time frame

Technical Skills

  • Understanding of the Agile methodology and its areas like Lean, Kanban, Scrum, and Scaled Agile
  • Basic knowledge of iterative development
  • Must know basic fundamentals of software development processes
  • Understand incremental delivery, backlog training and the value of metrics and velocity

Career Prospects

Agile and Scrum are fast changing the face of product and service development in a competitive market. Top management, employers and even employees no longer believe in the traditional waterfall or command-and-control management style.

Running an agile management system has become so important that more and more companies are hiring dedicated staff to keep the agile system working. You will find Agile Coaches, Product Managers, Scrum Maters, Scrum Product Owner etc. running the show. The average salary for an Agile Coach in the US is $124,347 per year. A skill in Training is associated with high pay for this job.

What can Agile do for your Company?

Since Agile Management is a relatively new concept, the hottest trend these days is to impart training in Agile practices and techniques to existing employees. With online education available everywhere, it is convenient for employers as well as employees to learn Agile and Scrum and gradually imply in their organization for the following results:

  • Transparency in work
  • Better relations with clients/customers
  • Timely delivery of product or service
  • Quality improvement
  • Availability of more time with management for important issues

Last but not the least – better work environment!

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