Companies and organizations are seeing the benefits of an agile approach. We list the hottest trends to give guide you to an agile future.
Companies and organizations are increasingly abandoning waterfall methods in favor of agile working methods. This has more or less become a requirement as the time from an idea to a finished service or product must be short. Today's market is faster than ever and to be relevant, an agile approach is required. This also means that large waterfall projects and programs will become fewer and fewer over time.
One result of introducing agile methods is that companies outsource to a lesser extent than before. The trend is instead towards own agile teams with developers and testers. This way of working also puts pressure on the work premises as they require surfaces that are suitable for teamwork.
From project to product
Perhaps the strongest trend right now is the change from working on projects to working product-oriented instead. There are many different phases in projects such as start-up, implementation, transfer to management and closure. A lot of time, energy and money is used for knowledge transfer and "start / stop" activities. Working with a product means fewer - or no such - "start / stop" activities. Instead, the organization focuses on what is called Continous Delivery. This increases both quality and speed of deliveries.
Upscaling of agile working methods
Both the Scrum and Kanban teams have been common over the past decade. But an agile program or an agile organization is definitely less common. But now companies and organizations are scaling up through frameworks such as SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) to achieve a higher level of agile working methods.
Switching roles in Agile
The role of Business Analyst (BA) does not exist and the role of Project Manager is also becoming more and more unusual. For the BA role, there is a clear transformation to be made into Product Owner (PO). These roles perform similar tasks, which means managing requirements. One difference is that a PO both owns and handles requirements, while traditionally a BA collects more requirements but does not have ownership in the same way. Even the traditional project manager, who leads the work and drives the project forward, has no place in the agile framework. Instead, it is about Servant Leadership, which is another type of role to support the self-organizing
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