What is agile?

You decide in one day what you are going to do in the next two weeks. On the basis of the organisation's priorities, you divide the project into blocks that are manageable in a fortnight. John answers the question "What is Agile?"

Let's start right at the beginning, what is Agile?

Agile means limber, flexible, and supple. It’s a different set-up for project-based working that originates from development in the software world. It’s a more pragmatic and accurate way of developing software compared to the waterfall principle. On a single day, you’ll be deciding what you’ll be doing for the next two weeks. 
Based on the priorities of the organisation, you divide the project into blocks that are doable in two weeks. At the end of these two weeks you really have functionality, so it’s very effective…

And what is the concrete benefit of an organisation working according to the Agile principle?

The fun thing is that you complete a sprint every two weeks by showing the end result to the organisation, so you deliver something and it’s checked. Normally you decide what you’ll do before the project and then show the organisation what you’ve done after twenty weeks. It then often happens that an organisation says: 'Huh? We didn't want it that way at all! The benefit of Agile is that you can steer and monitor the project a lot better. If the organisation isn’t happy, you can improve it the next two weeks. By working in accordance with the Agile principle, it should be possible to launch the idea of the organisation so it can be used towards the sales market.

How does Agile SAFe differ from Agile?

SAFe, Scaled Agile Framework Enterpriseis working according to Agile with multiple teams. Multiple teams thus deliver sprints and are dependent on each other. This usually happens with very large projects within large organisations. The team is multidisciplinary and includes an analyst, a developer, testers and a product owner. The product owner is very important, because he represents the organisation. He therefore has to translate the organisation's need to the team. You see a great development in the field of Agile SAFe. You notice that large organisations start to realise how effective and dynamic this way of working is. I think that with MOJEO we respond very well to this through our cooperation with Synergio.

What does that collaboration with Synergio look like?

The cooperation with Synergio is a great opportunity for cross-fertilisation. We complement each other in terms of knowledge exactly right. Synergio can train (SAFe certification) and coach the employees of the customer and we have the resources (project managers, scrum masters, RTEs) to actually get to work at the customer. This allows us to serve our customers even better. Navigate here to the blog-post about this cooperation

As part of a transition to Agile, you can implement an assignment at a client. How do you start?

We always start by presenting a tailor-made plan. This plan has a very concrete summary of the entire transition. We try to use this to show all stakeholders that an Agile working method can solve the problems occurring within the organisation.

We then indicate to the management in which areas we want to enact the implementation and who the contact person is for this, the product owner. We then translate the presentation to the project owner, who will know exactly what to expect from MOJEO and the transition, and how we work with that. So we ensure support before the start of the project so it can start well.

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