“The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.” This quote from the Agile Manifesto’s Principles is one of the reasons as to why most of the companies working in agile ways become more productive and effective. Teams that work together in the same place encounter smooth workflow and collaboration. But, what happens when a COVID-19 situation arises? Can teams still be able to work together at remote locations and follow agile principles?
With no doubt in mind, the answer is definitely yes. Since agile methodologies are attracting many businesses, why not integrate agile with remote working? For this, you have to go a little deeper. If you understand and follow agile principles, then remote agile is in your reach. Let’s dig into how agile principles help your organization work in remote working environments.
Agile principles focus on implementing work processes in sprints. Sprint meetings are planned to create sprints for all the tasks to be performed in a timely manner. With this, the present and the upcoming deliverables are decided for the upcoming weeks. This benefits the teams working remotely and eliminates any confusion regarding tasks and deliverables. The growth of remote teams can be easily monitored and tracked with agile methodology.
One of the biggest benefits of applying agile principles when working in a remote environment is timely delivery of projects. It is important to get your task done within the given project time. Agile methodology helps you to set milestones in conjunction with teams and leaves no space for any confusion. If remote teams work on agile principles, they meet their deadlines with flexibility and ensure timely deliveries.
When working remotely, teams often face high risks due to lack of communication and differences. However, when implementing agile principles, even remote teams can minimize the risks of failure. The risks related to productivity and investment are not a problem anymore. The continuous feedback from product owners eliminates the risks and allows the remote teams to progress.
Agile ways of working took the world by storm with its unique and strong concepts. Agile facilitates automation tools such as Jira and Yodiz. These remote working tools help remote teams to work on agile principles with exclusive feature support. Also, it facilitates easy sprint planning and project tracking activities.
Agile principles help developers and product owners work collaboratively throughout the project. At the end of each sprint, feedback must be taken from the product owners for improvements in the ongoing product development. It’s helpful for remote working teams to communicate and interact with the product owners on platforms such as Slack or Skype where they can get a complete understanding of the product requirements during sprints.
Agile principles ensure flexibility. When working remotely, the teams built great expertise. Agile working provides greater flexibility for teams to adapt to changing business requirements. Because of this, remote teams and product owners work collaboratively for the success of the project.
Adapting agile methodologies to a remote working environment is trending these days. Most of the big companies transformed into agile remote environments to boost productivity and growth. It has made lives a little easier by providing a simple, flexible, and ready-to go framework for project management. Using an agile approach, remote teams can keep functioning smoothly and effectively, making them more resilient for the future. It’s quite challenging for every team and every organization to do agile in the right way, but they are still doing it greatly. Forget the old ones; today, agile remote working is the smartest way of doing things faster.
Originally published on TechWell Insights.