Agile approaches to software development deliver many benefits, compared to usual approaches;
Quicker delivery of business value
Easier adaptability to changing requirements
Better visibility into progress
Challenges in adopting Agile
Despite the benefits of Agile, many organizations have difficulty in sustaining and scaling Agile practices. Agile concepts are simple to learn but difficult to practice. The difficulty is in the changes that are required in people's mindsets. A summary of six key challenges in adopting Agile across the organization is listed below;
Ineffective Agile knowledge and experience
Continuing old practices
Inconsistent use of Agile concepts and practices
Weak Executive sponsorship
Lack of buy-in from middle management
Unrealistic time expectations for being agile, at an enterprise level
Agile transformation - the VTHINK suggested approach
At VTHINK, we are experts in helping organizations effectively adopt and sustain Agile. Depending on an organization’s circumstances we can design, guide and support an Agile transformation journey. We have proven expertise in Scrum, Kanban and Lean techniques. While we recognize that every organization is different and influenced by the prevailing culture of delivery teams, we have fine-tuned a practical framework that can be easily adapted for any organization.
Our approach is unique. It is based on developing an "Agile Mindset" in people. An Agile Mindset is the key to long-lasting and sustainable transformation.
Agile Mindset = Agile Knowledge + Agile Skills + Agile Attitudes
We recommend our innovative, field-tested and proven three-phased approach to developing the Agile Mindset. Our approach also includes organizational change management initiatives. We recommend executing an "Agile Maturity" assessment at the beginning of Phase # 1 and at the conclusion of Phase # 2. This will provide a valuable insight to the progress achieved and highlight focus areas to work on in Phase # 3.