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Becoming Agile, in an Agile Way

Software development organizations need to become more agile and lean, to deliver products and services that satisfy the needs of their customers. There are multiple ways to do this, which asks for an agile approach to you change your way of working in small directed steps. Retrospectives help you to inspect and adapt your agile journey, assuring that you will get results from your agile and lean transition.

Many methods for introducing change in organizations assume that you are starting from scratch. In my opinion that’s a wrong assumption. Every person, team or organization is already doing some or more agile and lean practices, so let’s use that as a starting point to change.

So when you want to become more Agile and Lean, it’s good to find out where you are right now. You can use an Agile Self-Assessment to determine where you are on an agile journey. The findings from such an assessment help you to take the next steps in your agile transition.

You can take an agile approach in your transition, by using Scrum to improve your processes. Which means that you’ll approach the changes needed in your organization to become more agile and lean in an agile way, eating your own dogfood.

At regular times you reflect on your agile transition, using agile retrospectives. Does agile and lean help you to deliver better products faster to your customers? Are you getting business value in return?

It’s not being, but becoming Becoming Agile and Lean that brings you benefits. The journey, where you learn and improve continuously is more important then reaching the destination. Are you ready to go on an Agile trip?

If you want to hear me talk about becoming agile and lean, then join me at the ITMPI webinar Becoming Agile, in an Agile Way on November 13, 2013 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST.

In this webinar you will learn:

If you want to learn about self-assessments, improvements and agile retrospectives, click on the button below to register! 

Author Bio: 

Ben Linders helps organizations with effective software development and management practices: continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers. Active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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