Three tips to help you build your company's Agile culture

It’s all about communication and collaboration. Here’s our guide to breaking it down and making it manageable. Go agile by considering the following 3 stages.

 

1. Identify your challenges

Maybe your teams are in different locations or working in different timezones. Perhaps you’re struggling with complex processes, or there’s too much “red tape” administrative tasks such as organizing confcalls or entering data into timesheets. The ability to be agile and adapt to issues is perhaps more relevant to web teams than to any other – we at Herogami have first hand experience on this, since our backup company Venticento Studio also provides bespoke software development and consulting. Having recently launched a website in China with a brand in the retail space, we’ve clearly noticed that when you’re building your organisation’s website, you’re developing the real one and only customer-facing front end.Your website is your shop front. But disparate teams, complex processes and unforeseen bugs are the unfortunate reality for all developers. We’ve witnessed this in enterprise organisations and smaller businesses alike. And this may lead to your front-end channel to go burst.

2. Go all in

It’s not just the web devs you need on your side. If you don’t have a collective buy-in across teams, your collaboration will suffer, which means your work will as well.

Similarly, if you aren’t being agile across the entire lifecycle of your work, your team won’t be working to its full potential. Testing obviously plays a major role in web development, but the beauty of agile is that it’s about the mentality behind work processes more than the work itself.Agile practices are built around a specific set of values:

- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan

This is why agile isn’t just a change in working processes – when it’s effective, it’s a shift in culture. Collaboration and continuous improvement will improve efficiency across a whole organisation. It means you can bring different teams together (think web development, marketing, sales, the end user – you should be looking at your customers as another team to work with!).

3. Take a look at your tools

Are you using the best tools for the job? Are you using the same tools across departments? A lot of the businesses we work with fall into the trap of using tools because they’re used to them or because of vendor lock-in, not because they’re the best. Departments often use different tools that just don’t work together, and it becomes inefficient and costly. In web development, you have specific, unique requirements, but the best tools can be adapted to be used across all teams so cross-departmental work is as easy as work within a team. Herogami is the perfect example of a highly integrated Agile tool, providing not only task-oriented features but also empowering collaboration tools such as wikis, calendars and a document management platform. It’s a boost for collaboration with smoother processes and no more incompatibilities. Herogami was built with Agile and Kanban in mind and wins any comparison over other project management tools used by agile dev teams.

Better collaboration makes it easier to track projects across different teams. If your marketing team has feedback, your sales team needs to update pricing, or a customer encounters an error, effective collaboration is the key to avoiding delays. Herogami can handle it all.

Grumpy Herogami, Architect

20 May 2016