El poder de la agilidad: estadísticas y desafíos de su adopción en organizaciones

Today, many organizations are looking for ways to improve their productivity by adopting agile work practices. According to statistics, eight out of ten companies use Scrum, followed closely by Kanban. In addition, one in four organizations states that between 26% and 50% of the organization are already working with agile practices.

The agile approach is based on the four agile values of the manifesto, along with twelve supporting principles. Based on these values and principles, numerous frameworks have been developed, ranging from Scrum and Kanban to SAFe, LeSS, and the Spotify model.

Interestingly, 77 % of respondents reported using agile principles and approaches within their business units, indicating a clear sign of Agile adoption outside of IT functions. This means that Agile adoption is no longer used exclusively in IT functions; it is spreading to other business areas of organizations. I made a book post that I really liked and where they explain how agility can be used in various fields: nataliabejar.com/proyectos/11-pasos-para-iniciar-la-implementacion-de-scrum/

These challenges can be understandable, and I've seen it in a number of companies, as there is often a misconception about what it means to be agile. Agile implementations are not just about doing things faster or using tools like Jira or Trello. Instead, they require a change in mindset and a different approach to work.

Agile adoption involves careful planning, increased collaboration across teams, and adaptability in an ever-changing environment. It requires employees to be willing to let go of old work models and approaches and be open to experimentation and continuous learning.

It's important to educate and train employees on the key principles and values of agile, so they understand that it's about more than just getting things done faster. It's about delivering value incrementally, seeking constant feedback from users, and adapting quickly as more is learned about the end goal.

By overcoming these challenges and fostering a mindset shift, organizations can achieve successful adoption of agile practices and enjoy the benefits of increased flexibility, productivity, and customer satisfaction.

These findings are consistent with our experience that the availability of resources with Agile delivery expertise is one of the top 3 challenges for organizations currently in an Agile pilot or just beginning their Agile transformation. Additionally, 45% of organizations say that Agile is very difficult in an outsourced environment. A couple of years ago, this topic was challenging in a consultancy I was doing, something that helped me was learning about "agile contracts" with a professor from India, write in the comments if you want more detail on this topic.

Therefore, although many organizations are adopting agile work practices, there are still challenges that must be overcome in order to successfully implement an agile process in an organization.

Organizational change can be met with resistance, fears, and obstacles along the way. Therefore, having strong support from senior management is essential to overcome these challenges. Senior management can provide the vision, resources, and support needed to successfully implement agile practices.

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