Agile Methodology-Beyond the Conventional Roadmap

By CIOReview | Thursday, October 4, 2018

Although the buzz for the term ‘agile’ is in its extinction phase, the methodology has not yet lost its relevance. Organizations are adopting agile in an attempt to enhance productivity, along with solving customer retention and engagement issues. The major concept behind agile methodology is the functioning of all teams of an organization in a collaborative manner. However, most companies fail to realize that in order to drive improvement within the workplace, it is necessary to upgrade all the other departments equally. The method revolves around how an organization prioritizes its customer base and acts accordingly over strategy implementation.

When is agile efficient?

As an expectations management skill, companies leverage agile in order to address the immediate needs of the clients. The tasks are segregated into small-term goals which make it easier for delegates to achieve within deadlines. Furthermore, agile renders flexibility into the system to respond to unexpected changes in situations in the process of meeting targets and working in alignment with the roadmap. The consistency in progress according to the roadmap will finally lead to long-term success. On the other hand, financial and even technical debts can lead to the downfall of businesses.

As opposed to customer work that addresses the interest of one or more customers and yields negligible profits, sticking to the roadmap has a major role to play in the agile game. Roadmaps are created in an effort to meet the needs of a larger consumer community, which implies a wider exposure to the market for the company. The company vision is tuned with the midterm goals through the roadmap. As a fuel for the roadmap, companies need to invest more on advanced technology in order to secure the future for product development.

An ideal business strategy involves 20 percent of roadmap, 30 percent of research and development activities, and 50 percent of feature implementation tasks. The 5-3-2 balance makes the team technically productive and business savvy. Consideration of customer demands and technological requirements is what makes up for a strong collaboration between teams.

Companies need to bestow authority on developers in terms of decision making processes, making way for a self-organized team. Interestingly, the basic principles of autonomous decision making and trust accelerate the company’s journey to success and yet these are often overlooked when agile is incorporated into the workflow. The door of success for business opens up when teams work independently and responsibly.