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Does Your Agile Team Control Change or Accept It?

An agile team must understand that change is inevitable, and you cannot control it all. If you really want to ride the tide of change, your culture must accept the change and build around it. In her blog article, Johanna Rothman discusses why your agile team must accept change rather than manage it.

Change Management Steps for an Agile Team

If your agile team controls change beforehand, it might be ahead of time and your implementation will fail. If the team members delay the change process, the project is doomed from the very beginning. Find out how an agile team should handle change at the right time:

Measure Cycle Time to Avoid Overshooting Deadlines: Teams often get stuck when they create a delivery estimate based on story points. Unfortunately, stories do not have enough details, to begin with. Instead of estimating based on the number of stories completed per iteration, calculate cycle time. This tells you the value the team is delivering every iteration. If the wait time is more than the work time, remove the barriers to speed up the delivery process.

Create Prototype Before Final Product: Clients often change their initial requirements. So, create prototypes and present them on a weekly basis. Specify only the points that the team worked on since the last model. Be open to feedback and added requests. These will help you deliver products that are closer to the client or user expectations.

Continuously Adapt to New Architectural Changes: System architectures are susceptible to change, and an agile team must learn to handle it better. Create a working model and acceptance criteria to cater to all the functional requirements. Your agile team will be prepared to accept any change and create a product that fulfills all the expectations soon.

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