Technology is evolving at breakneck speed and the information we consume every day continues to grow exponentially with every passing day. Analysing this complex mountain of data to make the right decisions informed by this data has become ever more challenging.
Traditional models of project management like the waterfall method and hierarchical team structures are too rigid to respond to the fast-paced change organizations are facing today. The old ways of a rigidly structured workforce and work rules are not sustainable anymore.
In such a rapidly evolving context, Agile is making the headlines everywhere. Companies of all sizes, including the likes of Amazon and Google are embracing the much talked about project management methodology.
While Agile is commonly known for management of software projects, its usage has spread to all types of projects and there is a lot of buzz around how organizations, as a whole, should become Agile.
Agile is said to be the new way businesses are building their competitive advantage.
Reduced project costs have always been a primary driver for Agile adoption. According to the 13th Annual State of Agile Report, reduced project costs continue to be the primary reason for Agile adoption.
According to recent research from the DevOps Institute, over 50% of organizations surveyed preferred to hire their DevOps teams from within the firm. Companies who wish to stay ahead of the curve must make drastic improvements in training and improving skills essential to DevOps. We can expect to see an aggressive pursuit of this in 2020.
The strained talent market has led to organizations and individuals investing heavily in upskilling and cross-skilling to meet the fast-growing demands for new skills. While IT professionals would need to become more competent across domains, developers would need to add new breadth to their portfolio of skills.
Value Stream Mapping helps change the way teams think about the Definition of Done (DoD) from an ‘I-did-my-job' to ‘the-value-is-realized' result. This is an effective way of changing behaviours and getting teams to think about the end-to-end lifecycle of what they’re working on. Teams who adopt Value Stream Management in 2020 will be able to base their next improvement experiments on data-driven decisions and prioritizations.
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