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Why it's clear investment in agile creates long-term benefits

Governments, organisations and businesses are gradually catching on to the power of agile and developing teams with collective agile mindsets.

The pandemic has thrust digital transformation to the forefront and widespread adoption especially by local, state and federal (or national) governments is unlocking better services for taxpayers.

Many Government services are gradually becoming more citizen centric (or at least getting there.)

In the US, we’re delighted to see its Federal Digital Service is putting agile at the heart of the development of services it delivers.

The service has created a “Digital Services Playbook,” with 13 “plays” for governments to follow. These are “drawn from successful practices from the private sector and government that, if followed together, will help government build effective digital services.”

Play four includes (you may have guessed it) ‘agile’ and states: “Build the service using agile and iterative practices.”

Can ROI be attributed to agile?

We at Twenty2 Collective see countless examples of agile bearing fruits for clients - offering value of a magnitude greater than traditional methods.

The benefits of agile training are backed up with studies, most notably from the University of Maryland (Dr David F Rico).

Dr Rico’s study found agile projects were 20 times more productive and had five times better cost and quality.

Of the other findings:

  • Agile projects had seven times earlier breakeven point

  • 11 times greater ROI

  • 11 times higher NPV

  • 13 times higher ROA when expressed as a percentage

The research also found, agile project management lowered costs by 61%, reduced schedules by 24%, improved quality by 93%, and improved productivity by 39%.

Building business agility really does work

We’ve found the investment in agile training creates:

  • Customer engagement – by putting the customer front and centre

  • Better solutions – solved problems by interactive, cross-functional, and happy, teams

  • A strong culture and engagement – intrinsically motivated teams motivation perform better

  • adaptability in your organisation – ability to pivot effectively

  • value – what is better than creating work which has purpose with the customer at the core

An Agile mindset, is a powerful mindset

An Agile Mindset is generally a mindset which has an affinity to growth, improving themselves and others and seeing a bigger picture.

An Agile Mindset includes values such as respect, coordination, collaboration, taking pride in ownership, improving, value-focused and receptive to change.

How to Develop an Agile Mindset?

To achieve high performance, we believe an Agile Mindset is a must for an organisation or business to flourish.

Our Agile Basecamp course is a good start to learn some of the fundamentals of agile, while you may wish to also take the Scrum Master Certification course.

Here are some tips for ways to develop an agile mindset:

  • Be curious, remove old ideas with “how things have always been done.”

  • Be conscious of your environment and adapt to changes

  • Become a critical thinker with an ability to act not react

  • Be transparent and inclusive - this promotes culture and growth

  • Assess and analyse completed work.

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