I recently switched careers and now work for an agile firm Agileseventeen LLC. In the past 4-5 months, I have learned how to incorporate the agile concept into not just my job but also in my everyday life. My plan is for it to be a lifestyle.

I was asked a question recently by someone that has been following my work with agile and was curious about how it is coming along.

How to apply agility to non-software projects especially when the agile process gets abandoned?

(Case study is a developing nation like Nigeria)

Knowing how the system works in various Nigerian industries, practicing agile is a foreign concept which is what makes it a difficult concept to adopt and adapt.
As much as being agile is common sense, in Nigeria we see it as overdoing especially when its work related.

For instance, at Agileseventeen LLC we go above and beyond what is expected, and we bounce ideas off each other as a way of collaborating and getting feedback. Our organizational culture supports transparency and inclusion, and thus, creates an environment that encourages people to go above and beyond. At Agileseventeen, we are not particular about titles and hierarchy, we focus more on teamwork and providing working solutions. We continuously hold each other accountable but are collectively responsible. Missing the team goal once might be an accident, missing twice is the start of a new habit, we are very conscious of this fact. The hard part about consistency is doing it often, which is what makes it worthwhile when the results begin manifesting in the solution/s provided.

In the course of my work, I have realized that the way to get results is working in the following ways.

Working with people that have an agile mindset.
Working with people that believe in the vision of the organization.
Working with people that are willing to be trained.
Working with individuals that are dedicated and motivated to work.

Initially, there may be a lot of hand holding involved to align individuals with no prior experience in the agile domain. My advice to such people is to stay consistent and to the Agile coach, patience and empathy can go a long way. It is easy for people to abandon the agile process if they are not constantly held accountable.
Ensuring your employees or the people in your department follow through constantly will require an agile coach. This is where companies like mine (Agileseventeen LLC) come into the picture to position organizations from a people, culture, and process standpoint.

 

For more context:

Agileseventeen LLC is a hub service provider that offer training for professionals and small businesses in areas of:

1. Quality Assurance
2. Scrum Professional Training
3. Business Analysis
4. Jira Fundamental Training and
5. Business Analytics.

You can visit our website for more details www.agileseventeen.com

Written by: Ijeoma Ejinwa. (CSPO)
Dir. Public Engagement
Agileseventeen LLC