The value of people in agile methodologies

WHAT IS AGILE?

Lately we are hearing all around us the words agile, agility, agile methodologies, etc. But what exactly is this agile thing all about? It is a philosophy of work that uses the most innovative companies to manage their projects and helps working in a team work environment in order to achieve their business objectives, taking into account always a simple and powerful requirement, the people.

Human capital is one of the most important components that all companies have. It is really important to keep them in mind and to help establish a horizontal way of work, where teams are self-organized and managed. These teams must be shaped by multidisciplinary profiles and be passionate about their work.


One of our main objectives is to be highly competitive, providing our collaborators with the best alternatives to meet their needs. Thanks to agile methodologies we have tools to identify the components that bring greater value to the customers.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

There are three concepts that need to be taken into account when talking about digital transformation: business, technology and culture. Understand the business to be able to exploit it at digital level, know the technology to drive the business on the Internet and comprehend well the culture to work in its product. To be clear on what really brings value to customers it is necessary that these elements are perfectly integrated.

WHAT IS DELIVERING VALUE?

We can use the example of the American consultant expert, Jeff Patton, on the concept of value. We have to deliver to our client € 20. In the traditional project management model we would have a 20€ bill cut into 20 parts. The team’s job will be to recompose the bill until it is completed on a certain date. It is probable that when the delivery date arrives the bill  is not finished and therefore no value will be given to the customer.

In the management of projects with the agile method, we would gather coins of 1€ and we would deliver them in the shortest possible time to the client, this way we are giving value before having all the finished product.

AGILE METHODOLOGIES AT ROIBACK

For a few years now, here at Roiback, we have been working with agile methodologies. One of our main objectives is to be highly competitive, providing our collaborators with the best alternatives to meet their needs. Thanks to agile methodologies we have tools to identify the components that bring greater value to the customers.

As I mentioned before, one of the key factors when we talk about agile methodologies are the people. Everyone can contribute with their experience and common sense to improve processes through observation, inspection and adaptation, always in search of continuous improvement. Agile helps to establish a plan, taking into consideration that it may fail, so it is important that the plan is simple but it needs to give value to the product. Using agile methodologies helps to enhance creativity and originality in the development of tasks, products or services, since there is no magic recipe.

Change is important, transformations are complicated, but if we don’t change anything, we will inevitably be obsolete. Therefore, change is necessary and the sooner we find strategies to respond quickly to changes (increasingly aggressive and demanding of the market), we will be more competitive. We are certainly on the right track thanks to the valuable human talent that is part of the Roiback family.

In future posts, I will talk about the different strategies and tools that we are using for our digital transformation process through agile methodologies.

James Metzger

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