What is agile?

What is Agile? An approach to software development and teamwork.

Agile is a project management methodology that originated in software development. Agile focuses on delivering high-quality products quickly through short iterative cycles and continuous feedback. It emerged as a reaction to the traditional waterfall method, which had long development cycles in which the requirements and design of the product were often determined before development began. Agile has now become one of the most popular and widespread methods for developing software and working in teams.

The Agile Manifesto as a foundation

Agile is based on a set of core principles, as laid out in the Agile Manifesto, which was created in 2001 by a group of developers. The manifesto emphasizes the value of individuals and interactions, working software and hardware, collaborating with customers and responding to change over processes and tools, comprehensive documentation, contract negotiation and following a plan. This means Agile teams focus on understanding customer needs and delivering value quickly rather than focusing on following a comprehensive plan.

the rules of the Agile manifesto

The added value of sprints instead of meetings

One of the key features of Agile is the use of short iterative cycles, called sprints. During each sprint, teams work on a particular part of the product and deliver a working version of that part at the end of the sprint. This allows teams to quickly receive feedback from customers and stakeholders and to quickly resolve any issues before the product is developed further. Using sprints also helps create an iterative and incremental development process, meaning that the product evolves through successive iterations.

Another important feature of Agile is the focus on collaboration and communication among team members. Agile teams often work in small, self-directed teams and use regular stand-up meetings and other communication channels to keep abreast of progress and discuss any issues. Creating a culture of open communication and collaboration helps teams work more effectively and solve problems quickly.

What different methodolgies are there?

Scrum is a structured approach to planning, executing and managing sprints. It includes a set of roles, activities and artifacts that teams can use to structure their work and measure their progress.

Kanban is a visual method for managing workflows and visualizing work progress. It uses a "kanban board" that displays the various tasks and their status, so the team can quickly see what needs to be done and what has already been done.

Lean is an Agile methodology that focuses on minimizing waste and optimizing the process to maximize customer value. It emphasizes the importance of continuous improvement and eliminating activities that do not add value.

How does MOJEO embark on an Agile transition?

From an inventory through interviews or an Agile Scan, we measure the Agile maturity level of the organization in question. We present the findings in a customized plan of approach. This plan outlines the entire transition in very concrete terms. We try to demonstrate to all stakeholders that an Agile working method can solve the problems within an organization.

We then indicate to management the areas in which we want to implement and who is the point of contact for that. We then translate the presentation to the other stakeholders so that everyone knows exactly what to expect from MOJEO and the transition. So we ensure support prior to the project so that the project can get off to a good start.

Starting an Agile transition?

In our roadmap, read the key stages including practical tips for a successful transition to an Agile Way of Working.

How mature is your Agile organization?