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Wind of change

There has been a significant change across the organizational landscape under the banner of the Agile Mindset. An excellent approach to finally making multidisciplinary teams successful and a good response to endless ICT projects that no longer meet current demands upon delivery.


The legacy of agile

As with all such movements, it is sometimes evident that the agile mindset has become dogmatic, but overall, it has left much good behind. And, of course, there can be endless arguments about why agile would not work, or at least why it has missed its goal. Why SAFe also does not provide an efficient solution from and including the strategic level, and why it does not necessarily benefit the creativity of its designers. But whether you are operating in a post-agile landscape, often in the form of large silos—think of run and change and governance at the interfaces—or in an organization still in the midst of transitioning to integrate agile, it has left its marks.


The benefits of an agile mindset

Despite the criticism, the agile mindset has brought clear benefits. Teams collaborate better, communication is more transparent, and the flexibility to quickly respond to changes has increased. This has not only led to faster deliveries but also to products that better meet customer needs. The focus on iterative working and continuous improvement ensures that teams keep developing and becoming more efficient. Aligning management at the tactical and strategic levels, however, remains a challenge, especially in organizations dealing with autonomous clients, such as ministries.


Challenges and pitfalls

However, like any change, there are challenges and pitfalls. One of the biggest challenges is implementing the new structures. The danger is that organizations may implement agile principles well in production but still work waterfall on the client side. This can lead to frustration and reduced effectiveness. It is therefore essential that organizations critically examine their working methods and are willing to adapt and evolve agile.


The future of agile

The future of agile lies in the ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing circumstances. This means not only adhering to the core principles of agile, such as collaboration, flexibility, and customer focus, but also being open to new ideas and approaches. Organizations that can do this will be better able to navigate an increasingly complex and dynamic landscape.


Conclusion

Although the agile mindset is not without criticism and is not always perfectly implemented, it has had a lasting impact on the way organizations work. By emphasizing collaboration, flexibility, and continuous improvement, agile offers a valuable approach to dealing with the complex challenges of the modern world. The key to success lies in the ability to apply agile principles in a flexible and context-specific manner, without falling into dogmatism.


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