Progress in globalization and digitalization has shifted the work environment into a more unstable, inflexible, non-transparent and unpredictable battlefield.

Constant transformation and uncertainty are the new norm, laying many new challenges to companies. The ability to quickly and flexibly respond to changing business environments and stakeholder/consumer expectations – in other words, being AGILE – is a decisive factor in determining an organization’s competitiveness and long-term survival.

On 13th – 17th September, Fabernovel presents a week dedicated to agility. We will share our observations and expertise working on agile transformation of large organizations.

Constant transformation and uncertainty have become new norm, laying huge challenges for companies built to thrive in stable environments.  Agility is now a hot topic among MNC executives, as it is a critical capability in determining an MNC’s competitiveness and long-term survival in the 21st century.

The term Agility was coined in 2001 by a group of 17 engineers who came up with the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Since then, agility evolved from a software development framework (Scrum) to a solution ideation methodology (Design Thinking), a prototyping technique (Lean) and even a mixed-management approach for large organizations (sAFE). All these methodologies are based on the same four principles…

Is agile a methodology?

A methodology describes a step-by-step process of how to do things, or how to achieve a goal. Agile is not a methodology. Agile is a mindset, a philosophy that describes a set of values and principles coined in the Agile Manifesto.

Does agile trade speed for quality?

One of the origins of this myth comes from the perception that speed and high-productivity are traded for the quality of the delivered work. The other source comes from the project development practices that, in Agile, there isn’t a specific role for testing and quality check. However, in Agile testing and quality check, it actually happens within the team.

Is agile about doing more work with fewer resources?

Agile increases visibility, adaptability, and product quality. However, in order to ensure the higher market fit and user satisfaction, Agile approach can cost more due to high attention on technical excellence and with repetitive incremental user feedback.

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