The agile world is begging to create teams who welcome change and love the fast-paced world of development. As IT organizations are maturing, so is their knowledge of agility. Being able to stay competitive in an ever-growing technology environment is key to most companies. This is especially true for Fortune 500 companies whose competitors are nipping at their heels.
As someone who has seen the transformation of companies into the agile space, this is difficult. Having developers who do not want to work cross functionality as testers. Convincing the business/PMO that working in short iterations produces more features than waterfall. Team buy-in to the process after working successfully in other methodologies for years. Resistance to change is as inevitable as change itself. The list of roadblocks can go on forever.
The workforce mentality between millennials and other generations have created concerns about the future. Millennials don’t want to be bored in their jobs. They want to learn more and feel like they’re contributing to the greater good. Millennials want to be recognized for their work and be celebrated for their contribution. They don’t want bosses, they want coaches. If you give them the “what”, they want to develop the “how”. QUEUE SCRUM AND AGILE…!
Thanks to the developing of scrum and agile in the 1980s, we may have discovered the holy grail of workplace satisfaction for the “agile millennial”. Agile offers this group the top features that they want from their working environment. What are your thoughts?
At the end of each iteration, the team can see the results of their work. This gives each team member a season of meaning a purpose. Giving a sprint review once your iteration work is completed shows the agile millennial that they are part of the solution of the business problem.
For most standard scrum teams, the development work is an 8 hour a day, 40 hours per week concept. Being able to complete your 8 hours of work without the need of excessive overtime is uncommon. It is promoted in the agile world. My experience shows that an efficient scrum team can produce more and better-quality code than a waterfall team who works 60 hours a week with more team members.
A successful team knows how to celebrate at the end of each sprint. Agile can be stressful. Delivering quality code in 2 or 3 weeks’ time is demanding. Having teams who can do this repeatedly in these iterations create the need for celebration. Reward your team for their contribution to the success of an overall implementation keeps morale high and team performance steady (or improving).
Agile allows developers, QA testers, and Analysts to work cross functionally. The skills that they learn in a standard IT environment doesn’t compare to the personal growth that they achieve on an agile team. Scrum Masters also coach their teams continuously in agile methodologies. This creates more room for growth within the team.
Producing an agile environment may be attractive for the agile millennial but is your company ready to transition. Business is changing rapidly and it takes great companies to strive to be more flexible. Creating and successful implementing agile in your organization will allow you to do this. Today I challenge you to consider joining the agile revolution.None found.