How the Values of The Agile Philosophy Can Shape a Business?by Deepak Sharma Blogger
The Agile philosophy has completely revolutionized the way in which modern companies and their teams prioritize their work when it comes to developing a product and/or providing a service. This has led to the rise of DevOps services as well, which combines the development team and the operations team into one single cohesive unit that speeds up the process of rolling out new products/services by removing the communication gap that would exist between these teams had they functioned as two independent units. With this potent combination of Agile and DevOps, companies can increase their efficiency by a sizeable amount.
The Agile philosophy stresses on four core values that governs the decision-making of a team following this philosophy. These values can have a huge effect on how the team functions as a single, cohesive unit. The following lists the details of how each value of the Agile philosophy shapes a business.
Do keep in mind that while these values place more attention on a modern element over a traditional one, it doesn’t imply that these traditional elements are not important at all.
#1. Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools
You might have the best tools and equipment that money can buy, but all of these expensive elements will simply go to waste if your employees don’t have the required skill to utilize these tools to their full extent. The individuals that you hire in your company need to be extremely talented and well-equipped to understand the immediate and end needs of the company and utilize the tools at their disposal in order to achieve these goals. Of course, it goes without saying that teams need to facilitate a transparency of information as well while they’re working on their assigned goals in order to make sure there’s no miscommunication.
#2. Working software over Comprehensive Documentation
The concept of theory vs. practical usage comes into play here. While it’s certainly a novel idea to keep each and every detail of your product documented to record all the information, the fact of the matter is that people would prefer to have a first-hand look at the product rather than read a huge, cumbersome document about it that provide the fine details on each and every function of the product – most of which are not even relevant when it comes to satisfying their current needs.
#3. Customer collaboration over Contract Negotiation
A document detailing how you and the customer will work together is certainly important, but what is certainly not recommended is substituting actual communication with this piece of paper. After all, in the end this contract is – as mentioned before – a simple piece of paper, and when it comes to understanding your customer persona, what they want, what they need, and everything else that might be relevant to your product, it’s imperative that you maintain a communication link with your customer when it comes to finding the optimum way to satisfy their needs.
#4. Responding to Change over Following a Plan
It’s always recommended to follow a set of pre-planned objectives before deciding to progress on a particular project. However, keep in mind that anything can change at any time, and in order to deal with this you need to instil a sense of individualism and flexibility in every team so that they can make appropriate decisions regarding how to deal with any unplanned changes if they might arise during the middle of a project. If you instruct your employees to follow (and only follow) a strict set of instructions, then problems can arise if any unexpected change occurs.
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