Think about speaking to an Agile Consultancy
Agility brings many benefits to businesses and teams. Agile much better reflects the nature of business today, and more and more companies and teams are making the switch. Whether this is just for certain teams or the whole organization, implementing new ways of working brings many challenges. Agile consultants can help with transformations and projects in many ways.
Understanding the benefits of agility
Agility can transform teams’ ways of working. It introduces an iterative approach that is focused on adapting to changing project requirements. Structures are flatter, and teams largely self-manage with good communication prioritized.
Done right, this can bring substantial benefits. Research shows that Agility can improve company operational performance by 30% to 50%. However, adapting to such new ways of working is not easy. Companies often turn to consultants to help with this.
Agile consultants can help companies understand the specific benefits for them. They can advise on likely challenges that teams will face, based on the makeup of teams and the nature of projects. Every company and team is different. An understanding of how to approach Agile, what it will cost, and how the business will benefit can help with the buy-in and changes needed for an Agile transformation.
Common methods and understanding for the team
To get the most out of Agile, whole teams and those interacting with them need to understand Agile approaches. Ways of working are different, communication methods change, and a new approach to estimating time and workload is needed.
Consultants can have a crucial role to play here. They can advise on the areas that teams need to understand and the best way to embed Agile. Training is vital for understanding, and consultants can help select or deliver appropriate training.
Training could cover Agile methods in general or focus on a specific Agile framework. Scrum is the leading such framework, and many consultants have experience in Agile implementation and agile training. Using a framework gets the whole team following the same methods and speaking the same language.
Assisting with Agile transformation and projects
Consultants are not only valuable for providing advice and training. They can also help with specific projects and implementations. Especially when implementing a new framework (such as Scrum), previous experience is essential.
Some companies will turn to consultants to help with projects. This could be just initially when transitioning to Agile, for a longer time, or later on as projects develop and needs arise. It may be possible to find relevant skills in the market, but consultants can provide a simple and flexible option. Plus they can offer ongoing support when needed.
If the Scrum framework is used, consultants can provide specific assistance. Scrum defines certain roles within the team – the Product Owner and Scrum Master in particular. These are key roles for successful projects but are very different from a traditional project manager role. They guide the team with Scrum and are responsible for the breakup of the project into workable parts and the interaction with stakeholders. Consultants can work with the team to properly implement these vital roles.