Characteristics of Successful Agile Teams [#AgileSuccess #SuccessfulAgile #AgileTeam #AgileTeams]

Characteristics of Successful Agile Teams [#AgileSuccess #SuccessfulAgile #AgileTeam #AgileTeams]

1. Agile teams recognize always-on customers need always-on systems
2. Agile teams work in small, multi-disciplinary teams – not traditional departments
3. Agile teams use data to improve and personalize a customer’s experience
4. Agile teams cut time to market for new products and services – they listen, test, learn and iterate in real time
5. Agile teams work in an agile way, with workflows managed to reduce waste and delays
6. Agile teams ensure quality assurance is built in at every stage of every process
7. Agile teams know that business objectives are also IT objectives; they share a common goal
8. Agile teams clearly define results and metrics, and the teams are fully accountable and rewarded for delivering them
9. Agile teams learn from each other and implement what they have learned
10. Agile teams build innovation into daily life and roadmaps

1. Agile teams recognize always-on customers need always-on systems
People expect to access the services they want immediately, whenever it suits them.

Opening hours are a relic.

2. Agile teams work in small, multi-disciplinary teams – not traditional departments
Teams can thrive only when the organization is able to break down silos.

Silos lead to departmental fiefdoms conditioned to avoid productive collaboration.

3. Agile teams use data to improve and personalize a customer’s experience
The essence of digital natives is that each customer interaction generates data that can be used to refine their user profile and better target the propositions they are presented with next time.

4. Agile teams cut time to market for new products and services – they listen, test, learn and iterate in real time
Feedback from customer interactions not only allows teams to provide more personalized experiences, it also allows them to get their product into the market quickly and refine as they go.

5. Agile teams work in an agile way, with workflows managed to reduce waste and delays
Smaller teams use agile practices to ensure everyone focuses on solving the right problems as quickly as possible, using a competitive collaboration model to focus everyone on the same goal.

6. Agile teams ensure quality assurance is built in at every stage of every process
Products must get to market quickly so quality cannot be left to the end of the process.

7. Agile teams know that business objectives are also IT objectives; they share a common goal
Having metrics that cut across traditional structures is a powerful way to make collaboration a reality and focus different departments on delivering the business’ overall objectives – not just their individual responsibilities.

IT is no longer confined to a department—it is everywhere.

8. Agile teams clearly define results and metrics, and the teams are fully accountable and rewarded for delivering them

Agile teams ensure every member focuses on a shared goal, but recognize and reward individual achievements as well as the team’s successes.

9. Agile teams learn from each other and implement what they have learned
Start-ups use small teams, with a core of Agile coaches, engineers, creative designers, strategists, business analysts and other champions.

These “master craftspeople” liaise across the individual teams, sharing knowledge and spreading best practices.

10. Agile teams build innovation into daily life and roadmaps
Agile teams teams use hackathons to accelerate innovation and tackle problems fast.

They exhibit a strong test-and-learn culture and they regard every service as a beta. Nothing is ever finished if constant innovation is your goal.

ADAPTED FROM:
12 Habits of Agile Enterprise Start-up Teams:
BW Businessworld

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