Will working with agility be the new norm now?

Hyper agile’, ‘new agile’, ‘future agile’, ‘agile & flexible’ join the ‘agile’ buzzword culture throughout our organisations and daily life.

But what do we really mean by ‘being more agile’ post the aftermath of COVID-19? What uncertainty will our organisations, global economy and our sociology need to inspect and adapt to in the future? And how will this be met through industry projects?

The only real known is that we will need to respond to change.

Since the 20 March whatever plans we had made changed immediately.

Gym workouts → Online classes
Nipping to the shops → Planned food shopping with social distancing
School drop → Homeschooling
Buying as a household → Buying for others

To keep the society going we’ve all had to adapt in the way we live and work.

‘Agile’ is about responding to change, working together as a team, communicating, and gaining feedback on products faster to enable return on investment sooner. It’s part of the core values:

Individuals and interactions OVER processes and tools
Working software OVER comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration OVER contract negotiation
Responding to change OVER following a plan

These values often get misinterpreted so without digging deeper let me just highlight the key word here ‘over’. These values are so important for life after COVID-19 as our ways of working will, just as they have already, value more that of the left over that of the right. This does not mean in any such way that the processes and tools, documentation, contracts, and following a plan become obsolete.

I have three questions for your honest reflection:
1. Have you always delivered a project; on time, on budget, meeting quality?
2. Have you ever slipped on even one of these?
3. Have changes in design, legislation or milestones become blockers to the next phase?Read more


Posted by Helen Garcia on 28th May 2020

About the Author

As a project practitioner with 10+ years of experience across a number of industries and sectors, reaching from rail, simulation, cloud platforms and pharmaceuticals, I have a deep understanding of project methodologies.  I am passionate about delivering change, striving to serve others by enabling recognition, inspection and adaptation as a team to drive organisational change. I strongly believe in guiding others and in doing so this motivates me.

My goal is to enable households and businesses to adopt an agile mindset, not through purists approaches but in reflection of what we have learnt and how we can use this to continuously evolve into better versions of ourselves, our teams and our organisations. 

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