Mistake No. 3: Ignoring Other Areas of the Business
Mistake No. 3: Ignoring other areas of the business
A mistake many organizations make when scaling is to focus all of their efforts on their technology teams. Yes, agile is a software development methodology, but successful scaling of agile methodologies is also generally accompanied by a shift in corporate culture and infrastructure for the entire company.
A manager's focus shifts from allocating human resources to the right task for the appropriate amount of time to ensure that teams are cohesive and collaborative. Similarly, cross-departmental coordination will likely need to be extended and optimized to facilitate more robust communication and ongoing collaboration.
Managers need to pay close attention to the cultural changes that are part of moving to agile software development and allow time for them to become the new standard. This is a shift that will need to happen not just on agile teams but across teams, departments and even in the executive offices. Before long, the changes it brings will affect multiple areas of the business. Be prepared to both facilitate and allow the time necessary for it to infiltrate every level of the organization.