4 Key Elements / 4 Core Values in Agile Manifesto Speak Directly to Food Safety and Compliance [#Agile #AgileManifesto #Food]

4 Key Elements / 4 Core Values in Agile Manifesto Speak Directly to Food Safety and Compliance [#Agile #AgileManifesto #Food]

1. Agile Favors Individuals and Interactions
2. Agile Emphasizes Working Software Over Documentation
3. Customer Collaboration Is a Priority
4. Flexibility and Versatility Are Part of Structure of Agile

1. Agile Favors Individuals and Interactions
In agile manufacturing—also agile development—the operations are designed to put more emphasis on individuals and their interactions as opposed to the processes or tools adopted. This fact is important because it is the people who do the work and drive the entire industry, especially when it comes to certain foods and goods.

Agile manufacturing recognizes that the most difficult challenges are often overcome through face-to-face interactions. It is the more effective way to work.

2. Agile Emphasizes Working Software Over Documentation
In many industries—food and beverage being a key example—documentation reigns supreme, especially with complex processes or complex systems involved. A lots of time is placed on compiling the documentation, following up and conducting verification procedures.

Agile does away with a lot of the busywork. It does not eliminate documentation and the related processes but instead streamlines everything so that it is more actionable. In other words, the reporting process does not serve as a hindrance, slowing down everything else. Instead, it happens in parallel to everything else, presenting a much smoother output.

3. Customer Collaboration Is a Priority
Despite its reliance on consumer demands, the food industry is rife with regulation, compliance protocols and various standards. The focus is taken away from the consumer in many cases just to remain efficient and safe. This shift becomes increasingly apparent during contract negotiations with various partners and third parties.

Agile recognizes that the emphasis on customer relationships creates a healthier environment for all and also provides a competitive advantage. It takes the customer feedback process and applies insights to just about every internal process, but in an effective way. And it is all made possible with the help of modern technologies.

4. Flexibility and Versatility Are Part of Structure of Agile
Most methodologies or structured systems focus on building a plan and then sticking to that plan come what may. This philosophy does not work as well when you have a constantly shifting industry such as food and beverage.

Agile instead views market and demand change as something positive—as an opportunity to excel. In fact, with the right approach, that change can help provide increased value to a business or operation. Planning is not the enemy of Agile, but instead serves as a guideline for where to go rather than a permanent route or decision. In this way, Agile helps teams adapt to change faster and more openly than ever before while still remaining on track, eliminating delays that would put off a timely completion.

Agile based systems honor a more team-oriented approach to all aspects of an operation, allowing the skills and strengths of the entire team to shine through. Employees are empowered, gain much more value and have an incredible amount of influence over the entire operation. These changes are achieved primarily through a fostered culture that supports and encourages change.

Agile based methodologies honor excellence and streamlined culture that understands and truly speaks to the need for change. The future of the supply chain is headed in this direction anyway, with an emphasis on quality, accuracy and compliance.

Adapted From:
Can Agile Manufacturing Improve the Food Industry?
FoodSafetyTech

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