Agile or Not Agile… There is no dilemma!
Agile is the way
Agile development has been around for a long time and, in fact, Proximity adopted the practice back in 2005, being the first outsourcing company using Agile in Costa Rica. Adopters of this incremental, rapid software development method have seen the competitive advantages Agile can bring through faster time-to-market and better products and this is actually the experience our clients have with us.
We are an Agile company that uses SCRUM as our standard agile framework (but we always choose the right tool for the right project), and after hundreds of projects succesfully executed, facing the challenges that some projects represent, we know what it takes to put in place an agile, highly collaborative environment between Proximity and our clients. Certified Scrum Masters, continuos training, and an internally developed and proven practice on Nearshore Agile is the benefit we offer to our clients.
Agile goes beyond the mechanics of a methodology
Some people think that being Agile means working in two weeks sprints, having daily stand up meetings and using user stories written in “post it” papers. This is what we consider part of the mechanics of Agile, but it goes way beyond it. Agile is a way of thinking, a culture if you like, and way more than a recipe or a methodology.
While there are very good reasons why running Scrum teams on a fixed diet of time by limiting their iteration cycles to 2, 3 or sometimes 4 weeks make sense, we often see teams settle for using Scrum like a metronome. They’ve fallen victim to thinking that simply “doing” or “building” stuff in short increments is what produces value. They have failed to push beyond the mechanics and focus on the discovery, learning, and adaptation opportunity that was the whole point of SCRUM and Agile.
Peter Drucker said… “There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all”. Agile allows you to identify, react, change and address any problem or opportunity the quickest way possible, focusing on the value of the work done. Here are some number that will make our point:
Improvements from implementing Agile:
The latest “State of Agile Survey – 2014” from Version One® indicates that, for four years running, the top three benefits of adopting agile remain the same: manage changing priorities (87%), team productivity (84%), and project visibility (82%), being SCRUM the practice that is most used by the people interviewed (56%)
53 % of the people who responded the survey said that the majority, if not all, of their agile projects have been successful.
This general results are aligned with the results we see in our projects at Proximity
Not into Agile yet? Don’t worry, we can guide you thru the process gradually! We have done it many times so we know how it works and what it takes!