Technology advances at a dizzying pace and the amount of information we consume every day grows tremendously with each passing day. Analyzing this massive amount of data in order to make the best decisions possible has become increasingly difficult.
Traditional project management approaches, such as the waterfall method and hierarchical team structures, are too rigid to adjust to today’s fast-paced development. The old techniques of having a strictly regulated workforce and following strict work regulations are no longer relevant.
Agile is generating headlines all over the place in such a fast-changing environment. Companies of various sizes are adopting the much-discussed project management style, including Amazon and Google.
While Agile is most usually associated with software project management, its application has expanded to include all types of projects, and there is much discussion about how businesses as a whole should become Agile.
Agile is supposed to be the new approach for companies to get a competitive edge.
Top 3 Agile Trends
Agile adoption has always been primarily motivated by lower project costs. Reduced project costs remain the key driver for Agile adoption, according to the 13th Annual State of Agile Report.
1. In 2020, DevOps is a larger organisational focus.
According to a recent study by the DevOps Institute, more than half of the companies polled preferred to hire their DevOps teams from within the company. Companies that want to stay ahead of the curve must invest heavily in training and improving key DevOps capabilities. In 2020, we should expect a zealous pursuit of this goal.
2. Upskilling and cross-skilling will become increasingly popular.
Because of the tight talent market, businesses and people are spending substantially in upskilling and cross-skilling to fulfil the rapidly increasing need for new talents. While IT workers would need to improve their cross-domain competency, developers would need to expand their skill set.
3. Value Stream Management (VSM) has risen to prominence.
Value Stream Mapping assists teams in shifting their perceptions of the Definition of Done (DoD) from “I performed my job” to “the value is achieved.” This is an excellent method for shifting behaviours and getting teams to consider the full lifespan of the project they’re working on. Teams that use Value Stream Management by 2020 will be able to make data-driven decisions and prioritizations for their next improvement efforts.