Agile Principles for Any Company [#AgilePrinciples]

Agile Principles for Any Company [#AgilePrinciples]

1. Simplicity
2. Continuous Feedback
3. Empathy
4. True Service
5. Failing Fast
6. Alignment
7. Having A Testing Framework
7. Being Proactive Versus Reactive
8. Integrity
9. Value Addition
10. Keeping Team Members Happy
11. A Customer-Centric Mindset
12. Proper Training
13. Active Use Of Advanced Technology
14. Management With Intention
15. Being Human

1. Simplicity
We all tend to get caught up in things, which frequently over-complicate processes.

Finding the simplest yet most effective way will be part of our “new normal.”

2. Continuous Feedback
Engineers need feedback early and frequently. When managers give and get timely feedback, it enhances performance and boosts capacity.

Feedback supports continuous improvement with the agile loop of ask, deliver, ask again and improve.

3. Empathy
Show empathy and thoughtfulness toward team members the same way you do toward customers. Recognize the journey your team members take in engaging with managers, HR, finance and other internal functions and remove the friction.

This “customer happiness” approach is how an organization builds trust, energy and positive morale both internally and with clients.

4. True Service
Company culture in which the team members are listened to, supported, trusted and motivated—provides success for the company. Leaders need to interact with intention. Quality leaders care and treat their employees well.

As a leader, ask yourself if are you making it better for the people who are following you.

5. Failing Fast
Failure is most costly when it follows heavy investments of time and money. The key is to design experiments to test hypotheses quickly, balancing the desire to comprehensively consider a strategy with the desire to minimize investment.

Beyond economics, this strategy has an emotional benefit too. Fast failure is much less heartbreaking than slow failure!

6. Alignment
Whenever we have a difficult task or deliverable at hand, bring together a team with strengths that will make us the most successful.

Also, having alignment and gelling with the team is the best way to forge ahead when facing tough decisions.

7. Being Proactive Versus Reactive
Leaders need to scan the pulse of the industry dynamics combined with social, economic, legislative and technology aspects on a regular basis. We live in a rapidly changing world, and the organizations that will thrive in the future will be the ones that have the foresight to see what is coming and plan for it accordingly.

If you are in a reactive mode, by the time you take action, it may be too late.

8. Integrity
A culture of integrity builds transparency and trust. It creates efficiency and improves reputation. The stories your people and customers tell about your integrity generates new business and built loyalty.

They know they work with an organization that has strong ethics, values and principles.

9. Value Addition
Deliver value by offering new developments to customers early—before they know they need them. To do this, you need to know your customers first and have a fast development cycle; in the end, you’ll keep your customers happy by making a positive impact.

Overall, it helps the organization retain customers and stay on top of the competition.

10. Keeping Team Members Happy
A happy and satisfied team can increase productivity.

Your organization is represented by your team members, and if they are not happy with the organization, they are not going to be at their best when speaking to customers or others. This will have an effect on the company brand and sales. There is nothing more powerful in an organization than a happy and contented workforce.

Make employees feel valued.

11. A Customer-Centric Mindset
Delivering value to customers will always be the ultimate goal.

The approach and investment in technological advancement should reflect the benefits for end customers in terms of providing better product quality and an experience that can add value.Beth Worthy, GMR Transcription Services, Inc.

12. Proper Training
Having a team that understands your business allows you to pivot successfully.

13. Active Use Of Advanced Technology
If a business in today’s modern world is to become a unicorn, it has to be at the forefront in the use of advanced technology. Gone are the days of an entrepreneur using technology passively. Today’s small-business owners need to think about technology at the same time they are thinking of revenue.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will help even small businesses compete with the “big boys.”

14. Management With Intention
Leaders must exhibit solid situational and personal leadership and forward-thinking traits, especially during this pandemic. What we are facing now is a massive shift, and you really have to become a hero leader in order to make your organization sustainable.

You must lead with intention and dedicate time to thinking about how you can best prepare your team to be ready to solve any challenges.

15. Being Human
Every organization needs to remember that it is people who make it. Humans are at the heart of all business, and they are who we need to focus on. This may at times mean stepping back from the current ways of doing things to make sure that your employees are doing okay and that you yourself are doing okay.

In the end, this does not hold you back, because people perform best when they are feeling their best.

ADAPTED FROM:
16 Agile Principles Every Company Should Live By
Forbes

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