Common Mistakes to Avoid during your Agile Journey


Change is not easy, but the right start can make a process and decision exciting and fun. Focus on the right things while onboarding the agile journey is key to the successful implementation and sustenance of Agile transformation.  

According to the surveys conducted by KPMG, only 13% of the responders have stated that their organization supports the Agile Transformation fully. According to JCURV, a robust Agile organizational culture will help an organization achieve increased commercial performance by up to 237%.  

These seemingly unrelated data show how organizations are losing their chance to access and build on the benefits of Agile. To avoid such mistakes, knowing what you are doing wrong and how not to do it is vital.  

Below are some of the commonest gaps between organizations and decision-makers during their Agile transformation journey. These points are: 

  • Doing Agile vs. Being agile – Organizations understand agile as another tool for improving the Software development process and falling into the trap of following by book approach. Following all ceremonies without understanding the “WHY’’ behind each and the outcome to be achieved is a tested path to failure. 
  • A Hierarchical and silo approach to starting and implementing the agile journey will add to the complexity and not change. When value to organization and customer cut across all the functions, having a push-based or departmental approach to agile implementation can only show limited results.  
  • Collaboration is the key to developing a successful Agile strategy. The organization’s leadership making decisions and pushing down or not getting involved and leaving everything to mid-management will set a path to failure. Other aspects like defining roles and responsibilities, leading metrics, and such are equally important to build a transformation charter for success.  
  • Agility is about mindset & culture, and the focus or final outcome should also be judged against these parameters, along with other operational and business metrics. Not having the right focus is the answer to why so many organizations fail in agile implementation or cannot sustain it.  

In conclusion  

Agile Transformation is not a lonely journey. It is an inclusive process of working together to achieve a common goal. Having a coach who has seen both success and failure could help you avoid the same mistakes and give you an opportunity to achieve the new goals you have set. We at ResponsiveB would be delighted to understand your agile challenges and share our experience to assist you in this journey of transformation.  


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