Agile Maturity – 5 Stages [#Agile #AgileMaturity]

AGILE MATURITY – 5 STAGES [#Agile #AgileMaturity]

One way to look at how adoption of Agile by an organization will become stronger over time.

STAGE 1: FAMILIARIZING
STAGE 2: EMERGING
STAGE 3: EMBRACING
STAGE 4: APPLYING
STAGE 5: OPTIMIZING

STAGE 1: FAMILIARIZING
Project teams begin to see the benefits of Agile as they compare Agile with other methods of project management, e.g. Waterfall, they may be currently using.

STAGE 2: EMERGING
Project teams receive basic training on Agile principles and understand how, where and when it can be implemented in the organization.

STAGE 3: EMBRACING
Project teams become certified or qualified in Agile and are now able to convince key stakeholders that Agile will work effectively and efficiently and gain their support to champion key initiatives where Agile can be used.

STAGE 4: APPLYING
Project teams who have been certified or qualified are utilizing Agile methods based on industry guidance and best practices.

STAGE 5: OPTIMIZING
Project teams have advanced their certification or qualification to Agile job descriptions and organizational structures. They are now in a position to promote continuous improvement.

Project teams must keep in mind that Agile principles require patience and change management as the culture of an organization will likely change.

Many organizations which have embraced Agile are convinced that Agile has:

• Enhanced project coordination – streamlined documentation
• Improved project communication – faster stand-up meetings / huddles
• Streamlined project cycle time – working in sprints to allow for changing requirements
• Strengthened project teams – empowered self-directed work teams
• Encouraged best practices – modernized development approaches

ADAPTED FROM
Pseudo Agile, Hyper Agile
The IIL Blog – International Institute for Learning

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