The Lean-Agile Mindset and Why It Matters
The speed at which an organization is able to adapt to changing consumer demands and market changes is referred to as business agility. Business agility is pivotal for platform and product development. In dynamic business environments, business agility, a key catalyst of turning decisions from reactive to proactive, could mean the difference between failing or succeeding. Due to products becoming more converged and software driven, the most successful organizations therefore become those that are not only innovative, but can also expand their innovations rapidly and with relative ease throughout the entire organization. In a nutshell, the companies that get left behind are those that; have limited abilities to change, have high research and development costs, use lengthy product planning phases and have high overhead costs. Therefore, the way forward for almost all organizations is adapting lean-agile methodologies.
The lean-agile mindset combines actions, beliefs and assumptions of SAFe practitioners and leaders that embrace the concept of lean thinking and agile manifesto. Lean-agile methodologies have deep roots in the underlying concept of both lean and agile development approaches. By combining certain values and principles e.g. adopting an approach centered on individuals and interactions, embracing change, customer collaboration and capable technology, agile methodology fosters better ways of developing software. Lean product development is an approach that focuses on the shortcomings in product development for instance lack of innovation. Businesses that adopt the lean product development approach can continuously be iterative and innovative since the approach effectively cuts high production and development costs while reducing lengthy development cycles. Through its pillars of respecting people and culture, workflow, innovation and striving to achieve relentless improvement, lean-agile methodologies bring together both approaches. Due to the massive success achieved in product and platform engineering through the implementation of this methodologies, many organizations are keen on scaling them throughout the entire organization i.e. in all departments such as HR, marketing and sales, purchasing and accounting.
When applied outside product development, lean-agile methodologies enable businesses to achieve steady, increasing changes to internal processes that drive more efficiencies and improvements in ongoing operations. Lean-agile approaches are very advantageous to businesses, since they can help them; reduce the risks and costs associated with testing early, accelerate their time to market, improve their ability to address evolving requirements and achieve better collaboration by aligning management, vendor teams and IT. Uncertainty, disruption and an omnipresent need to adapt business models are the realities that nearly all enterprises face. By adopting lean-agile approaches across multiple business operations, enterprises can allow cross functional teams to work more collaboratively, exhaust the list resources, act very quickly and deliver results with the greatest desired effect. To successfully scale lean-agile, enterprises should focus on implementing agile technology and extending such applications throughout the entire organization through capable technological platforms.