The Agile Manifesto was created over 20 years ago and is still considered a gold standard for building software in businesses, start-ups, and organizations. Unfortunately, formula-based implementations have turned what started out as a more efficient approach to building software into systemic approaches lacking creativity and efficiency.
SUMMIT, NJ, May 6, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Influential managers and business leaders are too often out of step with the agile process, according to Anthony Amos, Agile coach and Agile technical project manager at Anthony Software Group. Amos has decades of experience working with enterprises to deliver high quality software and build high performing teams.
“Too many people don’t see agility as a creative process,” says Amos. “When working with multiple departments, different personalities, perspectives, motivations, and experiences, it’s hard to get everyone on the same page. We need to adapt by following and refining effective software engineering practices to getting more and more value out of our efforts.”
The focus is on the customer – always. Agile advocates an outside-in process, encouraging companies to adopt practices and deliver products that customers love and want. Satisfying the customer from the start of a project on a continuum, welcoming changing needs, produces an efficient process for everyone.
“The idea of changing the approach [for many] That’s really where the problems lie,” says Amos. “Which has proven effective in providing customers with what they want, and it can lead to thinking differently about how to integrate Agile effectively.
Amos further emphasizes the need for software design to consider populations that have been overlooked. “After 40 years of working in technology, I’ve seen design impact when you incorporate different perspectives from underrepresented groups, including women and diverse cultures. As an African American, I often worked in organizations with dozens of software engineers, and only one or two were black.When I hired people, I tried and struggled to find candidates, black and Latino.
According to Career Expert, Zippia: “Among computer programmers, 29.8% of them are women compared to 70.2% men. 15.2% of Asian ethnicity and 8.1% of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.”
Agile product development encourages the integration of different perspectives from diverse groups to create a better product, a higher quality deliverable, and promote healthy customer engagement. Amos says female influence, in particular, creates surprisingly effective differences in product design.
According to a 2018 report on social and demographic trends from Pew Research, “using a broad definition of the STEM workforce, women make up half (50%) of all American workers in STEM occupations, although that their presence varies considerably according to professional groups and levels of education. Women make up the majority of healthcare practitioners and technicians, but are underrepresented in several other STEM occupational groups, particularly in IT and engineering jobs. Black and Hispanic workers continue to be underrepresented in the STEM workforce.
Through collaborative efforts between small, self-organizing cross-functional teams that contain a mix of gender and cultural representation, organizations are indirectly injecting more creativity into their solutions. Building software is an intrinsic problem-solving practice, and formula-based approaches tie the hands of those tasked with creating solutions. “Let’s think creatively about how Agile can lead to more efficient solutions that help organizations deliver better software,” notes Amos.
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