Today we are writing an article for the category related to digital strategies in our blog, in this blog especially we will understand about agile methodology and digital transformation and its application in detail. If you want to start or are already starting a digital transformation project within your organization, there are ways to manage this enterprise that can make a huge difference in its outcome.
The key variable to choosing the right project approach is the answer to this question: Do you know everything (100%) that can be done to make your organization more productive, efficient, customer oriented, etc.? There is no answer. You cannot know everything, because no one knows everything that alone can bring an organization of digital transformation. The possibilities are huge.
When most people refer to agile methodology, they think of continuous improvement, flexibility, increasing speed, and increasing efficiency to accelerate business results. Ultimately, agile methodology creates more space for learning, enabling significant improvements and enhancing creativity to achieve the required results. Digital transformation can affect many aspects of the organization’s operations, some of which are as follows:
- The process of collecting and storing any information.
- Any information or documentation creation process.
- Any information or information sharing process across teams, departments or systems.
- Any affected part of the customer, partner or employee experience part.
The field of possibilities is so great, it is almost impossible to plan everything ahead of time and get optimal results. In fact, as your organization works on its digital transformation, new things will be learned and new ideas will emerge that may be much better than the initial set of ideas that were planned:
- Instead of focusing on process A, we should really focus on process B, the effect will be much greater.
- Wait, can you do this? Oh, is that so! We need it right now for process C.
- Can you integrate with it? Wow! We waste hours on this and every week. We need this integration.
By using agile methodologies instead of waterfalls, your project will be shaped:
- Communication throughout the project.
- Requirements converge in a logical, continuous sequence.
- User testing at regular stages of the project.
- And using all of the above, your project will learn and increase your knowledge of the possibilities, improving your decision making at every step.
Through this process you will be able to enable your teams and your organization:
- Apply new ideas quickly.
- Learn quickly from each implementation.
- Try to conduct user acceptance testing throughout the project, so that every sprint or milestone is recognized, and can help minimize project risk.
Thus it is learned from the above process that:
- Can be tweaked for initial implementation.
- The priority of deliverables may change.
- New items can be added to the scope.
Escape Waterfall, Not Accordingly to Planned
Conversely, if the scope and details of a project are set in stone from the beginning. The time in which the knowledge of your possibilities is the shortest. Your project will be sized:
- Communications as most stakeholders try to know everything at the beginning of the project, when they know the least.
- Collecting requirements, which is front-loaded with decisions made with a very limited scope.
- In the above, a large part of the increase in user testing, learning, and knowledge done in bulk comes at the end with user tests. Unfortunately, not all of that knowledge can be put to good use, as all important decisions were already made.
Thus, you can remember the scars very well:
- Achieving goals that are small rather than agile.
- Achieving goals that are no longer the goals of your organization (considering the pace at which businesses run).
- Missing initial goals, because the knowledge used to set the scope and details was incomplete and lacked understanding or vision.
All this is certainly possible when using the waterfall method in digital transformation.
Maximize the Information at each point of Verdict
By using agile you are able to make increasingly enlightened decisions as you enhance your digital transformation. Start with the most obvious, the easiest to modify and minimize the risky elements of your project. By doing this, you will learn more about future prospects at each stage of the process. This will enable you to re-read, bend, re-prioritize and improve the remaining elements of your project.
Agile is characterized by short cycles of implementation and user tests, enabling fast-paced learning and decision-making improvements. Conversely, the approach of blinds to waterfowl increases the risk of getting stuck with the wrong result.
In Agile, Structural Aspects of the Project are at Risk
Using an Agile donut means making improvements. Structural aspects of your digital transformation, such as choosing a platform that is architecture, may require a commitment beyond agility. But for the rest of your project, the agile method is. Given how fast the term business is changing and the speed with which the digital space evolves to provide more possibilities to the business. You can assume that the most “agile” (scalable, flexible, polyvent) platform or architecture is likely to be the most appropriate future of your organization.
What is Sprint Length?
In any conversation about agility, there is a discussion about sprint length and other agile techniques. There is no clear set of stringent or correct guidelines under the Digital Transformation Project, which all must compulsorily follow. Why? Because these projects vary greatly. For example, if we take projects associated with Salesforce CRM, you can have different Project Scenario:
- If you are creating custom fields in standard objects, or even simple custom objects, they may be ready to play within a day or a few days. You do not need to wait 2 weeks to start a user acceptance test.
- If you are building a connector between Salesforce and a 3rd party application, you can use a traditional sprint of 2 to 4 weeks and require multiple spirits before the connector is ready for user acceptance teasing.
Common Sense Approach
In some circles, Agile can be experienced like a religion, with strict rules and high priests who preach these rules with zollet-like zeal. You do not need to go that far. In digital transformation, Agile is better used as a common sense approach:
- Structural elements should be finished soon.
- Low-risk facts that can be applied quickly make it imperative for you to imagine such a change or to play with the change and to prioritize what is needed to learn from that change as soon as possible.
- The remaining decisions of the project and the elements that apply thereafter will benefit all those previously learned in the project.
- Along the way, adjustments and changes in priorities can be learned.
Thus, it is enabled by common sense, agile methodology. Agile digital transformation is based on the evidence that successful digital transformation occurs through continuous innovation and the ability to measure steps. Business Transformation gives the organisation the responsibility to launch the latest digital aspects and customer needs and apply after learning.