Agile in the current economic climate

 

In the current financial climate, innovation and diversification will become even more important for a company’s survival.  Embracing agile throughout the organization can certainly help you gaining that market advantage. 

If we just look at product delivery, agile can help you to:

·         Deliver faster

·         Respond to a changing market

·         Increase communication and visibility

·         Reduce waste

·         Set a mind of continuous improvement

While the last 3 contribute to the company’s success in a less visible way, the two biggest advantages can be gained by reducing your time to market and being able to respond to a nervous market.

As technology’s pace is fast and customers need products that cover 100% of their needs, a company that is able to handle this will be able to stand tall during the upcoming storm.

Tough choices will have to be made in order to anticipate, so why not bring in the agile mindset instead of scheduling reorganization with the necessary layoffs?  There are great coaches out there who can help your company transitioning to agile.

Sometimes you have to attack in order to defend, right?

About Nick Oostvogels

Hi, I'm an independent management consultant. My biggest strengths are located in the fields of teamwork, motivation, leadership and continuous improvement. In the IT industry you find a lot of these values in the agile movement, in which I often act as a project leader, product owner or coach. My interests go a lot further, into other industries where we find these values in lean production. Besides that, I try to broaden my horizon as much as possible, always looking for better ways of doing business.

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