Agile software development is a set of principles for software development in which requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams. It promotes planning that is adaptive evolutionary development, early delivery, continuous improvement, and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change. Agile itself has never defined any specific methods to achieve this, but many have grown up as a result and have been recognized as being ‘Agile’.
Why is it so important?
After all, you just want your project to succeed, right? Right, however, you may have a different definition of success than your competitors. For the success of your project, you need to choose between a gradual transition and a complete transformation. An agile transformation is dramatic, radical and more challenging, but it can be implemented in software organizations realizing reduced cycle time and improved product or service quality.
Agile organizations are more sustainable and scalable. An agile transition starts small, and will not require organizational restructuring upfront. Restructuring will also be put off long enough for valuable experience to be gained. This creates the opportunity to explore agile frameworks and thus giving one the mindset required to deliver projects successfully. The mindset to accept change, continuously improve, adapt, and continuously deliver best possible value in each iteration.
To succeed, the commitment to change is also necessary. As a leader, you should be as committed as you expect your teams to be. After all, house of lean stays on solid leadership foundation. Unfortunately, many organizations deploying Agile practices fail to understand the need to change, and this puts the Agile transformation at risk. So what needs to change?