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How Agile Approaches Really Increase Productivity and Momentum

Agile approaches have become popular these days because of faster launches and quality deliveries. There are several ways companies use the methodology. In this article at, David Dame discusses how agile approaches really increase productivity and momentum.

Optimizing with Agile Approaches

You can optimize various things with the use of agile approaches. Following are the aspects that make the methodology add value to your projects:

Increasing Momentum: Some enterprises use agile approaches to produce deliverables faster. They still invest more time in planning the business case rather than compiling a high-view project scope and allocating budget. The top management calls the final shots irrespective of whether the production team is involved in the process or not. It is when they fail to track the progress of the production, they resort to agile approaches. For leaders, agile will hasten production, but the real value is more than that. It allows you to learn from past mistakes and end user feedback. Applying those for future iteration makes production faster and valuable to customers.

Improving Productivity: Companies can churn out several products but only those that resonate with the customer requirements become popular. Agile focuses more on quality products than on quantitative deliverables. Collaboration between cross-functional teams allows finding out issues and ideating solutions. This experimental process helps to learn by building prototypes and test launches. To improve productivity, agile approaches allocate a small budget to every idea that you approve for experimentation. Teams spend less money and time working on a wrong idea. They continually ideate, test, and build a minimally viable working model with the help of customer feedback. Agile approaches save you from working on obsolete needs that lead to a failed project. In fact, ideating frequently engage agile teammates.

Things to Do:

  • Calculate the timeline from ideation to business case. Next, calculate the time when the team starts working to when it releases a working model of each idea. Add both timelines. Select an idea or problem and assign a budget to it. Compare the time and cost of the previous and current solutions for each.
  • Create a timeline detailing the problems or ideas you have worked on.
  • Meet your sprint goals every iteration and the working model should improve incrementally. Validate the model with client approval.

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