- Bold vision, clear commitment communicated from the top
- Agile Teams continually learn and challenge
- Go beyond technology
- Engage your leaders
- People First: get the Best Talent
As you think through Waterfall, RAD and Agile, these five success factors are not shocking. If you have commitment and vision from your top leadership, encouragement to learn and challenge (and fail), focus on performance not technology, alignment with your leaders and you can get great people, any of these methodologies will be easier. Delivering quickly makes Agile an important approach.
If you have been asked to develop a quick eLearning module to teach proper protocol for protecting secure data and all you have a document that is complete, don’t invite a bunch of people to a Scrum meeting. Just build it- Waterfall will likely work. That said, these types of small, clear projects are likely limited.
Our world of chaos demands a more focused approach if we strive to build the Next Great Thing. When Agile teams work collaboratively delivering finished assets quickly, there is an additional benefit to the company other than completed deliverables. Working in this way builds teams out of functionally divided individuals and clears the way for learning, impact and team alignment. It’s your turn to pick a project, and try this out yourself.