Changing an entire enterprise culture to be Agile can be complex, but you’ll begin to see results immediately.
Here are 10 key benefits that enterprises witness once an Agile methodology and process is put in place and has scaled across a functional unit, a business unit, or the entire organization.
Benefit #1: Predictable Delivery
Without Agile, you have an exhaustive list of tasks that all need to be done. There are always obstacles and communication challenges in every project that cause inevitable delays.
Agile gives you the tools you need to:
- Assign proper resourcing to each deliverable
- Manage roadblocks
- Improve communication
- Avoid massive and unpredictable delays
In a properly-implemented Agile environment, you have clear and predictable deadlines for work. It’s easy to see what’s going to be done and when you can expect it to ship.
Benefit #2: Predictable Costs and Schedules
When you know how much work is getting done in a given timeframe, it’s no surprise that you also can plan the staff and labor-hours you need to achieve that result.
Benefit #3: Less Stressful Change Management
Scrum rituals allow your team to work and deliver batches of work on a regular and predictable basis. This allows them to easily wrap up one batch and pivot to a new batch of work as needs and situations change. The Agile mindset also helps to build a culture of continuous improvement which allows the organizations to bring a change seamlessly.
Benefit #4: Increased Stakeholder Engagement
Stakeholders are the customers or internal advocates that have “skin in the game” — they are financially and emotionally invested in the results. When you are delivering work on time and in a transparent manner, they get excited and are more willing to participate where they are needed.
Benefit #5: Higher Customer Satisfaction
Scrum is a value-based framework. Work is prioritized based on which tasks have the highest value to the stakeholders and end customers.
This mindset shift is crucial for success. Instead of trying to figure out which tasks to do first based on complexity or time constraints, you are putting the needs and desires of the customers first and balancing that against the capacity of your team. As a result, you’ll focus on the work that garners the highest customer satisfaction.
Benefit #6: Reduced Risk
There is less that can “go wrong” in a well-organized Scrum team because everyone knows to address potential problems before they can happen.
- All team members are communicating regularly.
- Dev teams are working confidently towards realistic goals.
- Scrum Masters are working to remove impediments quickly.
- Product Owners are participating in setting expectations and reviewing work.
- Everyone is invested in refining and continuously improving the processes.
Benefit #7: Release Planning and Delivery Gets Faster
In an Agile environment, releases can be done one of a few ways:
- You can align each release with the end of each Sprint. In this scenario, Sprints are usually longer at 3 to 4 weeks.
- You can combine the results of multiple Sprints into one release. Sprints are usually shorter at 1 to 2 weeks in this scenario.
- You can practice continuous delivery and release features as soon as they are ready, regardless of when that happens during the Sprint.
With each Sprint, you will continue to develop and learn new things that could influence the next release, and working in sprints keeps the team laser-focused only on the work in that current Sprint so they deliver each Sprint quickly and efficiently. This process helps everyone stay focused on delivering value with each release and avoids unnecessary interruptions that delay delivery.
Benefit #8: Faster Time to Market
By shipping batches of work quickly, you get more features to market faster. This means that you can quickly release solutions that end-users are asking for. This is a serious competitive advantage for both internal and external applications.
Benefit #9: Agile Combined With DevOps and CI/CD Yields Bigger Results
Organizations that truly want to leverage Agile and scale up their results can combine Agile with DevOps and CI/CD (Continuous Improvement/Continuous Deployment) to achieve transformational results.
Agile focuses on process improvement by highlighting change and accelerating delivery. It removes process barriers and helps to enable the key stakeholders to collaborate on accelerating delivery.
DevOps is a cultural shift designed to break down the barriers between your Operations and Engineering teams by cross-training each team on the other team’s skills. It highlights tools and emphasizes automation.
This culture of cross-training helps your organization avoid the negative impacts of overspecialization. Everyone is able to appreciate and participate in each other’s tasks, and you experience more frequent communication and high-quality collaboration.
CI/CD is a process of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment. It focuses on highlighting roles and emphasizing responsiveness. High-functioning CI/CD processes can directly facilitate Agile development by allowing releases to reach production more frequently and provide customers with more opportunities to provide feedback.
Benefit #10: UX Is Better
Agile frameworks thrive because of the culture of communication that they create. Daily stand-ups, sprint reviews, sprint planning, and processes for communicating stakeholder expectations all combine to ensure that your team is operating on the same page towards a common goal.
Developers aren’t operating in a bubble anymore. They get regular and constructive input from the end-users that will ultimately rely on their programs every day.
Your dev team members know the purpose of the features they are developing and have insights into how users will utilize those features in their daily tasks.
All of these factors result in a more refined overall user experience.