The secret is out – in the new world of work, agility is a new business imperative. From small start-ups to large corporations, year-over-year organizations need to become more flexible and digitally empowered to succeed regardless of the constantly changing environment. 

In 2001, a group of software and project experts got together to talk about what successful projects had in common. As a result, the Agile Manifesto was created, many years later relevant more than ever.

One of its statements stresses valuing “individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. Why is it important for your teams and company?

Research conducted by McKinsey found that companies that fully adopted an agile model of managing teams and projects before the covid pandemic had outperformed non-agile companies. Data from the report also showed an increase in employee engagement & performance across departments where agile methodologies were applied.

Why? Because it works and agile companies not only perform better in a crisis but their employees are also happier. Welcoming Scrum Master or Agile Coach aboard is a good starting point.

Scrum – the most popular process framework used by agile project teams – is an empirical model where people gain knowledge from real-life experience. It is a team sport that allows failing fast and often, taking the most benefits from experimenting, embracing challenges, promoting continuous learning, and a growth mindset (agile mindset). A framework, applicable to any industry or project “that helps people and organizations generate value through adaptive solutions for complex problems”(The Scrum Guide).

Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology.

It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.

Patrick Lencioni