an introduction to agile

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…

John explains what Agile is and the benefits that come with it. 

Let’s start at the beginning, what exactly 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 Enterprise, is working according to Agile with multiple teams. So multiple teams deliver sprints and depend on each other in this regard. This usually happens with really large projects in large organisations. The team is multidisciplinary, it has an analyst, a developer, testers, and a product owner. The product owner is very important; they represent the organisation. They must translate the requirement/need of the organisation to the team. You see big developments in the field of Agile SAFe. You notice that large organisations start to see how effective and dynamic this working method is. I think that MOJEO responds to this very well with our collaboration with Synergio.

What does that collaboration with Synergio look like?

The collaboration with Synergio is an amazing opportunity for cross-fertilisation. We perfectly reinforce each other in terms of knowledge. Synergio can educate and coach the employees of the client (SAFe certification), and we have the resources (Project Managers, Scrum Masters, RTEs) to actually work at the client. With this we can serve our clients even better.

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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