You’re tasked with getting your employees to adopt brand-new software. It’s got a slick interface, modern and intelligent functionality and it’s nothing like your old platform. The task is a tough one, particularly as humans are creatures of habit. How you implement can unlock user adoption. Agile as a methodology could be the key, although it’s often misunderstood. Have a look at some common misconceptions.
“Agile means no planning and no documentation”
For us, in each sprint there is a process of analysis, design, development and deployment which takes careful planning, on a consistent and repetitive basis. What’s more, each part of the system gets documented and shared, both in the planning phases and the sprint reviews, so that the project can run as smoothly as possible.
“Agile is quicker but never cheaper”
Agile requires an over-arching long-term goal delivered in small sprints. The focus is on delivering functionality early and consistently, not completing the whole project at superspeed.
Imagine it this way: your goal is to give someone the means to travel from point A to point B. You may give it go them bit by bit, so they can prepare for the end result. In a waterfall approach you would first give them the wheels, next the seats, then the frame, then the steering wheel. Although they get the car, they don’t get a chance to drive anything until the very end. With a agile approach, you’re focussing on mobility right away. So instead, you first give them a push-bike, then an electric scooter, a motorbike and then a car. This way you’re providing the recipient with working transport from the get go, improving the product and their driving experience as you go. They get usable functionality incrementally throughout the entire implementation.
“Agile only involves developers”
One of the key benefits of an Agile approach is that it encourages a two-way conversation between the solution provider and client; fostering collaboration. Agile works in short sprints of about three weeks or so, each sprint focussed on the core business outcome. Everyone is held to account to be consistent and realistic.
What’s more, Agile methodology allows for parallel workstreams. Multiple teams can work on developing separate functionalities, completely interdependently. At QUANTIQ, we have daily stand-ups with our Agile clients to review progress, maintain the energy across the project and celebrate success.
An Agile approach won’t suit every implementation; however, it’s both efficient and effective when implemented on the right project, with the right team. If you’d like to talk to us about our Agile approach or learn more about digital transformation, chat with us today or explore our resources.