female data scientist, woman leading teamArticle provided by Rae Evans, marketing executive for managed and professional services cloud tech consultancy, Solutionize Global

Agile development methodology is evolving swiftly – and it’s proving to be more difficult for some enterprises than others, as every organisation does its utmost to remain relevant and competitive.

There’s often not a week that passes by without a company adopting a ‘fresh and agile’ approach, tweak, or innovation. But why is it becoming more pertinent to transform an organisation this way, especially within the tech sector?

Perhaps the answer lies at the very heart of innovation. For companies exploring a digital-first process, it must be understood that they not only have to possess the capability to respond to any change in an agile way – but ensure it’s done rapidly too.

That’s because disruption in the tech sector is often significant and constant. Therefore, savvy enterprises – with the correct infrastructure in place to deal with transformation swiftly – are in a much stronger position to deliver compelling value propositions.

It’s something many businesses are currently focusing on too, in order to stay ahead of the curve. According to a recent KPMG study – which surveyed professionals across Europe, Asia and US – 81 per cent of organisations have delivered at least one agile transformation project within the last three years. The study also found 63 per cent of leaders see agility as a strategic priority for both the entire firm and the IT infrastructure it has in place.

With an agile workforce comes a greater, more enriched, responsive experience that’s efficient, embraces change positively and adapts to capitalise upon emerging trends. Overall, it’s about being agile rather than doing agile.

But how can tech leaders help their employees embody such a cultural mindset? And what does an ‘agile team’ look like?

Having the ability to adopt a flexible approach

Top tech teams work flexibly, invest in learning, drive evolution – instead of responding to it – and are consistently motivated by change. They typically know when their firms should undergo transformation, and take proactive steps long before the project or strategy has even been launched.

Maintaining a competitive edge

Shifting market trends and changing project requirements often create a moving target that can drain resources and hinder project success. Therefore, it’s up to an agile workforce to understand how revolutionary a business model can be – and its importance when providing a commercial advantage.

With any strategy, the end goal is always achieving the optimum customer experience – and enterprises showcasing nimble and adaptable traits can evolve their plans to maintain a killer instinct.

Rolling out swift decisions

Technology provides businesses with the ability to analyse data so they can make key commercially driven judgements and think on their feet – and both are critical if they are to become an agile organisation.

Forward-thinking firms should also already have adopted a flatter hierarchy which encourages teams to be self-managing and provide them with the necessary tools so that they don’t have to go through countless phases of approvals, in order to enforce a decision.

Possessing the willingness to upskill

There has never been a greater time for tech organisations to motivate their existing workforces – thanks to the extensive development opportunities now available online.

With teams expected to deliver value at speed, every colleague has a pivotal role to play in making every project a success. That often means growing and learning together from one iteration to the next, motivating everyone to all pull in the same direction.

Following Randstad’s recent Workplace study – which found 68 per cent of employers believe the majority of their organisations will have an agile work arrangement by 2025 – this shift means business leaders are rethinking their office needs and roles. Therefore, a modern-day culture has become an incredibly important asset when attracting, and retaining, top talent.

Embracing a diverse environment

No revolutionary company even begin to be agility-focused without having a workforce that boasts a variety of technical and soft skills, perspectives and backgrounds. Quite simply, diversity provides a fresh and dynamic approach to digital disruption.

Having such a range of skills is not only crucial for a digitally savvy atmosphere to survive and thrive in a challenging marketplace, but it should enable organisations to bring something different to the table – so it maintains a competitive, disruptive edge.

Agile adoption will prove to be an easier concept for some organisations over others, but it’s no longer enough to rely on harnessing the best technology. Enterprises must delve deeper and foster a culture that encourages innovation and creative output – whilst attracting the right people who can deliver strategic, commercially driven and transformational goals.

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