Recently, technological progress can be felt in all spheres of our lives. Very often, we do not even pay minor attention to how quickly we are getting attached to technology, performing the majority of our everyday activities through different digital tools, from ordering food via food delivery apps to paying electricity bills over m-banking. The digital revolution has already started, and the main responsibility for this innovative movement belongs to the international tech companies which are tasked to create a better future for all of us.
What we often oversee is that digitization not only covers the creation of technological solutions, but closes the whole circle, from market analysis and identification of market needs to the final solution, its design, and production. Even though artificial intelligence is slowly conquering the world, it is the human mind that drives the whole technological revolution, from idea to realization. Therefore, the main focus is on people, the professionals from whom the technology firms and technological progress actually depend. Therefore, it is important to create a strong organization within every company that helps all its employees reach their full potential through a positive working atmosphere, respect, motivation and education opportunities.
In this manner, Agile development involves the organized collaboration of all participants in the development of the system and supports fast and efficient decision making. It promotes adaptive planning, development in time-limited iterations, encouraging rapid and flexible response to change and constant feedback from all development actors through frequent inspect-and-adapt activities.
The SAFe framework stands out from all agile frameworks because it is a perfect fit for large teams and applicable to the development of big technology solutions. The SAFe is principally based on the rules and practices used in Lean and Agile methodologies and relies on Lean-Agile leadership that promotes advancing and applying Lean-Agile leadership skills that drive and sustain organizational change by empowering individuals and teams to reach their highest potential. In order to fulfill its aim, Lean-Agile companies are required to spread and sustain the Lean-Agile mindset among all its employees.
The major objective of Lean is to provide the greatest client satisfaction in the shortest time possible. High morale, security, and client delight are extra objectives and advantages. Respect for all employees and culture is a fundamental human need. At the point when approached with respect, employees are more engaged to advance their practices and improve their overall performance. The main impetus behind this new behavior is a generative culture, which is portrayed by a positive, safe, performance-driven environment. The principles of flow, waste cut and innovation are an essential part of the Lean-Agile mindset. Activities like defining a full Value Stream, visualizing and limiting Work in Process (WIP), and reducing batch sizes are of crucial importance for development, but without innovation, both product and process will steadily decline. That is why at Walter Code, we focus on the following:
And how does it all influence our productivity?
There are five major proof points which have shown that the Lean-Agile approach increases the productivity of all our teams, by improving the caring climate, management efficiency, employee retention, and job satisfaction:
At the end of the day, the companies that are best for the development of one’s career are not only those that develop people but also those that allow people to “spread their wings” by letting them try out another challenge or a role within the company, fostering the transfer of knowledge from different professions. By introducing the Lean-Agile mindset, companies keep their workers alive and grow with them.