Agile at all levels

Education Insights

19 September 2017 Bruce Keightley

Agile is all about software development right? So, since you don’t work in IT, you don’t have to worry about it right? Wrong! ‘Digital transformation’ is the catchphrase de jour. Organisations realise that success in the modern workplace is not just dependent on producing better quality software that delights clients at greater speed.

Successful organisations of the future need to react more quickly to changes in the marketplace; they need to rapidly identify the next thing their clients need and deliver it before someone else does.

This thinking is not just restricted to product development, but is increasingly being applied to organisational strategy. An organisation that can react to changes in their sector more quickly than their competitors can drive disruption and gain market share. Organisational agility is a strategic imperative for organisational survival.

At its heart, Agile is a change in mindset – a different way of thinking about people and work. Agile starts with the assumption that people want to do the best they can – be engaged in their workplace, seek to be empowered to make changes and want to be appreciated for the skills they bring to bear. If we can create a work environment where our people feel valued, where they feel they can contribute and feel engaged and empowered, then we will truly get the best from them.

When it comes to work, people with an Agile mindset accept failure as long as they learn from the experience. They are comfortable with the unknown because they are happy to run small experiments to learn as they go. They can identify the smallest thing they can do to deliver value that allows them to gather feedback so that the next thing they do is more likely to be the right thing. Notice that this discussion is about work in general, not about software delivery.

Yes, Agile has evolved from the mysterious world of software development but, increasingly, the Agile way of thinking and working is flowing out into all levels of the organisation. So are you sure you can afford to be a bystander?

The recruitment patterns significantly substantiate this paradigm shift. Companies today are actively seeking candidates with Agile skills complementing their technical skills. In fact, Oxford University predicts that 47% of current jobs will no longer exist within the next 25 years.

Future-proof your career

Whether you are a mid-career professional or just starting out, equipping yourself with new skills is a sure shot way to future-proof your job as the world is so dynamic and the Digital Age is very much upon us. So what skills will you need, regardless of where technology takes us? Along with a full understanding of Agile, a range of soft skills have been identified as critical in this new employment environment – critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, flexibility, positivity, time management and confidence.

We offer a few training courses that deliver these skills, all delivered by practising Agilists who use real-world scenarios to impart hands-on, practical education. There’s never been a better time to upgrade your career. So go for it!

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