It’s not hard to find advice about the Agile methodology on the internet. It doesn’t matter what type of information you are looking for – whether it be implementation methodology, education plans, or adoption patterns – there’s a ton of articles to be found.
But, the issue is, many teams don’t know that there’s a big difference between being Agile and following the Agile methodology. In other words, if your team starts following the rules of Agile methodology without adopting the mindset, you’re in for a big surprise.
That is to say, your team may still be clinging to deeply embedded perspectives and behaviors that can limit the success of your project. Thankfully, all is not lost – in this article, we’re going to discuss the negative thought patterns that must be changed in order to successfully incorporate the Agile methodology in your workplace.
False Perspective #1: Asking for help is a sign of weakness.
No one wants to admit that they’re having trouble with a project but, if your team isn’t aware that someone is floundering, small problems will soon escalate into big ones. To overcome this issue, companies encourage team members to be honest about when they’re feeling stuck during any part of the process.
False Perspective #2: If I want something done right I have to do it myself.
Agile methodology is built on the spirit of collaboration thus, it isn’t effective when everyone has a lone ranger mentality.
False Perspective #3: This task isn’t in my job description.
Your job title, as well as the specific responsibilities associated with it, go out the window when you incorporate the Agile methodology into your work environment. Companies place the focus on the individual strengths of our team members and use that to determine how each person can contribute to a particular project.
False Perspective #4: After a project has been completed, it’s time to forget it and start a new one.
Agile teams are always evaluating and analyzing both past and present projects to learn how they can be more effective.
False Perspective #5: If I tell others my ideas, I won’t get the credit I deserve.
In order for Agile to be effective, every team member must make it a habit to actively share knowledge with his or her teammates. Doing so fosters an environment of independent thinking and genuine collaboration. The end goal here is the success of the project, not giving/receiving individual credit.
False Perspective #6: I have to remain focused on one task and block out everything else to do a good job.
It’s impossible to retain a one track mind when adopting the Agile methodology. You must not look at interruptions as something dreadful, in fact, they can be quite helpful. Here at Reztech we’ve found that interruptions help our team members take a step back and re-evaluate their approach. This is also a great time to check on what’s going on with the other members of your team. In this way, you may find that they have a solution to your problem or vice versa.
False Perspective #7: An unstructured environment is an unproductive environment.
Agile thrives on the chaos caused by short sprints and changing parameters. We’ve found at Reztech that working in a free form environment not only teaches you to come up with creative solutions, it also gives you the freedom to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.
False Perspective #8: The worst thing that can happen is failure.
When it comes to failure, Agile takes a glass half full approach i.e. failure is an opportunity to make both your end product and team stronger. It shouldn’t be considered to be negative; if your team is giving their all and creating truly innovative products, failure should be considered an essential part of the process.
It’s also important to note that for successful Agile implementation both your team and management must be on the same page. Yes, it’s true that your team will have to adopt a new way of looking at things, but so must management.
Your team will need the freedom to figure things out for themselves so don’t micromanage their every step. Instead, you must have a light touch i.e. be there to provide them with needed support and guidance. Place your focus on helping them and removing any barrier in their way.