Company resilience took on a whole new significance for businesses in 2020. Driven in large part by the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses have been forced to simplify production processes and operations. And, as organizations look forward to navigating potentially choppy 2021, they will rely on agile project management concepts to help keep their businesses competitive and adaptable.
The agile practices aim at streamlining complex production and organizational processes, allowing project managers to deliver projects at a functional stage—where improvements can be made more quickly along the way. Agile testing encourages project teams to deploy solutions and to identify problems in the life cycle of growth, both with a laser focus on customer needs. Agile (largely) replaced the traditional approach to waterfalls, where teams had more rigid tasks and projects followed a more linear, less fluid route to completion.
New emerging trends in Agile
Here’s how these agile trends can have the biggest effect on companies:
Design thinking & Business agility
Design thinking has been the starting point for designing more customer-centric products and is one of the new emerging trends in agile organizations. The design thinking approach exposes the needs of the consumer to a more human level by creating better user-friendliness and experimenting in phases to get the processor design correct. It turns out that agile thought and architecture have a lot in common, and combining the two can add enormous value to the agile practice. For example, project teams should add extra time to sprint activities to better understand customer pain points and enhance the overall customer journey.
Taking time to create user sympathy and get fast design feedback can help to streamline prototyping and testing, as well as help, envision a solution that can put the team on the right track. Within the agile environment, businesses should recognize ‘dual-track agile’ or ‘staggering sprints’ that involve customer compassion, ideation, and feedback loops as an adjacent part of the agile process. Design thinking has delivered a more customer-centric approach from the start, without compromising the pace of the agile process.
Scaled Agile and Scrum Approaches keep dominating
Over the years, a variety of companies have bent and curled agile methodology to satisfy their needs and suitability; as a result, some of them have tasted only semi-success. The new trend indicates that companies are adopting the agile spirit as part of their corporate culture. Organizations are implementing short-term target preparation to improve the resilience of team members.
The scrum creation methodology encourages project managers to efficiently organize the activities of cross-functional teams and to generate a working code at the end of each iteration or sprint. Software QA Companies are also looking to scale up their scrum operations to generate greater value and enhance collaboration. The idea of expanding agile from individual scrum teams to large-scale projects is gaining traction. Smaller teams have reaped the gains, making them familiar with the core values. Now (usually with the guidance of executive management) these concepts may be scaled to larger projects.
As for the most common systems, SAFe® was ranked as the top-level agile technique last year, according to a survey from StateOfAgile.com, outstripping the [email protected] system by 19 percent. Leading Secure techniques are the most comprehensive for large-scale agile initiatives and facilitate the efficient transformation of companies into Lean-Agile enterprises. Secure scrum masters are highly respected as they are qualified to plan and execute projects in an enterprise context, not just individual sprints. Size is the name of the game in today’s market climate to ensure that all teams operate from the same playbook.
Support for AI and Machine Learning Agile too
Even when agile approaches are in full swing, there is still a great deal of theoretical work to be performed by project teams, such as testers and product developers. AI and machine learning algorithms play an essential role in project and growth data analysis. They provide real-time data and lightning-fast advanced analytics, for example, to provide clear forecasts as to when the project phases will be completed. This is particularly relevant as projects are close to the release process and the eyes of many executives are attached to the schedules.
AI and machine learning offer additional benefits to agile as well, including:
- Provide more accurate insights and cleaner processes for creating and testing programming code.
- Checking code with greater precision to identify and remove bugs.
- Incorporating inventive smart technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices, robotic process automation (RPA), quantum computing, and other state-of-the-art technologies to speed up the development of time and bring products to market faster.
Assumptions are nice to plan, but the ever-changing working conditions, new demands, updated quality requirements, and so on deviate from results. The biggest trend in agile management for 2018, it is recently found, is to concentrate more on immediate input on improvements rather than on the anticipated outcome. Rapid feedback is important for agile teams to understand how project progress is going. Creating a friendly atmosphere that encourages each team member to comment and even obtain feedback saves a significant amount of time in addition to providing a true image of progress. Continuous Integration (CI) is the perfect method for optimizing the advantages of rapid feedback.
More Agile teams are embracing cloud-based technologies to discover new ways of thinking (forecasting), coding, testing, and deploying faster than they are/were doing now to take advantage over their rivals. Domain-less computing has been the preference of agile teams; as it removes the need for ‘still’ conventional server resources, in addition to reducing infrastructure and operating costs. Organizations that adopt the Agile cloud-based approach have tremendous competitive advantages that promote better efficiency, greater agility, quicker market response, reduced cost, enhanced customer service, etc. It could be said that cloud technology is going to be an agile catalyst.
We are clearly in an era in which effective, resilient and scalable business processes prevail. Project management professionals use all their toolkits to keep their teams running smoothly, including agile scrums that measure up to business needs, design thinking principles that integrate customer needs early in the cycle, and stunningly smart technologies such as AI and machine learning to speed testing and time to market.