Adopting Agile practices throughout the enterprise will improve the business operations of IT organizations.
FREMONT, CA: As Agile rules the world, many IT organizations are faced with the necessity of Agile transformation. Traditionally, Agile transformation has been confined to IT or software development teams would get trained on a framework like the Scrum. Any organization should embrace shifts in attitudes, values, mindsets, thoughts and ways of interacting with the world before adopting this transformation. By applying Agile principles, organizations have achieved their goals. However, making improvements only within the software development team cannot give the desired outcomes as the enterprise as a whole will not be optimized and cannot present it to the customer. Hence, organizations are now carrying out a more holistic Agile approach by improving the Agile principles and techniques entirely in the organization and implementing business agility outside IT as well.
Although one of the Agile's principles denotes that businesses and developers need to communicate daily, communication is overlooked many times. Product owners are separated both organizationally a
nd physically, even if they do participate in a Scrum team. One of the common anti-patterns with new Agile teams is the lack of participation and buy-in from product management groups. However, with business Agile, product management is widely acknowledged, and business people witness its significant role in the success of the Agile change.
Also, Agile tools offer product management many new ways to work with customers in understanding and prioritizing the work that will give them higher value. Further, product owners and product managers know the significance of their constant participation and involvement of cross-functional groups to reinforce the partnership of IT.
With the organization's business Agile, product management is becoming aware of the fact that delivering the highest value earlier to customers will improve customer satisfaction and permit for a sophisticated feedback loop. Tools like the Google Design Sprint will allow product management to prototype and vet ideas earlier with customers.