Agile Transformation: 5 Challenges and Solutions

Business owners, tempted by the promised benefits of agility in their organization, increasingly decide to reorganize the way they work. Unfortunately, in some organizations the process of agile transformation takes many years, and yet it does not bring satisfactory results. People involved in the process often wonder why this is so, sometimes blaming Agile for the failure. Unfortunately, sometimes entrepreneurs give up too quickly and resign from introducing agility into the organization, instead of taking the time to reflect and consider what has actually gone wrong and how they can improve it. It should be noted that Agile transformation never ends. Introducing Agile to an organization is a continuous process of improvement through analysis and adaptation.

Agile transformation brings many challenges. In this article, you will learn what mistakes we make most often and how we can deal with them.

What is Agile?

The Agile Manifesto provides a very brief explanation of what Agile design should be. Its main features are:

  • individuals and interactions over processes and tools,
  • working software over comprehensive documentation,
  • customer collaboration over contract negotiation,
  • responding to change over following a plan.

Data from the 15th Annual State Of Agile report shows that some of the most common reasons for starting Agile work include:

  • Increasing the ability to manage changing priorities — 64%,
  • Increasing the productivity of the team — 47%,
  • Improvement of software quality — 42%.

In the same report, we will also find out which areas in companies are most often Agile-driven:

  • 86% — Software development,
  • 63% — IT,
  • 29% — Operations,
  • 17% — Marketing,
  • 17% — Security,
  • 16% — Human Resources.

Challenge 1. Setting clear goals

Challenge 2. Changing the organizational culture and habits

At the same time, big changes often meet resistance. Introducing Agile in the company may cause resistance from the managerial staff, whose role will transform as the organizational structure flattens. There may be concerns about losing their current position or a feeling that their work is no longer needed in the company. It is worth taking care of these concerns and presenting a clear plan of action to managers and reassuring them that they are still important, and only their role in the organization, which is intended to bring about positive results, is changing.

Challenge 3. Establishing a team for the change

Challenge 4. Involvement of leaders and employees

A more effective way is top-down transformation. Each change must be accepted by the management board, and the actions initiated by it, often have a better chance of being effectively implemented. When we want to redesign the company and the way it functions, it is necessary to have a good understanding of these changes by the people who manage the organization. That is why the involvement of leaders is so crucial in an Agile transformation. Without their approval, we will not ensure the durability of the changes introduced.

At the same time, we must remember that Agile transformation should be carried out at all levels of the organization. Employee involvement in changes and convincing staff of their rightness is another key element of the transformation. If the company’s employees are not convinced of the change or if they resist it strongly, our efforts may be wasted. This approach may result from misinformation, a misunderstanding of the need for empiricism, or a strong fear of changes in the workplace. That is why well-conducted communication and educating recipients about the value of agility in the organization are so important.

Challenge 5. The transition from a project orientation to product orientation

It is worth using the experience

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Originally published at https://nexttechnology.io on July 26, 2022.

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Aga Babicz

Marketing Specialist at Next Technology Professionals - IT Recruitment | IT Outsourcing