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Red Flags to Look Out For In Your Agile Journey

The benefits of Agile business approaches are widely acknowledged. Yet, the effective adoption of these practices in organizations, irrespective of size, is much easier said than done. Despite the proliferation of Agile software development initiatives in firms worldwide, relatively few are generating extraordinary profitability. So, where’s your Agile software development failing? In this article at Forbes, Steve Denning explains the signs that your Agile journey has stalled.

Signs to Watch Out For

Lack of Discipline

 “If teams don’t get work finished at the end of each short cycle, partially completed work full of bugs will be pilling up,” explains Steve. Such situations occur when organizations fail to grasp the fundamentals of Agile management. Agile is an extremely disciplined approach to working. Agile does not work without discipline. Teams must work in collaboration to attain a sustainable pace.

Lack of Training

Business agility is not merely about having a few teams labeled ‘agile’ and implementing Agile practices. It is a different way of thinking about getting the tasks accomplished. Learning and addressing technology, business, and team personality issues can overwhelm even the most prepared leaders. Lack of training to implement Agile methodology and effective support from someone with experience in the field can put an end to your Agile journey.

Lack of Automation Testing

Automated testing is fundamental to ensuring the quality of product delivery. Choosing the legacy applications, lack of appropriate tools and lack of knowledge on testing can stall your Agile journey. As the project gets bigger, teams might find it challenging to finish all the manual testing within the sprint, leading to quality issues. Therefore, organizations must invest in test automation early in the project.

Developers’ Working Style

Developers often work in solo mode. They might find it difficult working within small teams to complete stories. As communication reverts to inefficient mechanisms, it might lead to failure of the Agile journey.

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