If you are struggling in your business, then I think you want to adopt the principles of agile for business.Agile is traditionally thought of as a project management methodology that is strictly for software projects, but that is a limited belief.
Agile is really a philosophy. It is a set of methodologies that are actually now starting to be used in a variety of areas of business because of Agile’s strengths as a tool for quickly adapting to change.
In today’s business environment that ability to quickly take in new information and adapt to a changing landscape on the fly, while at the same time not by the seat of your pants is invaluable.
As a small business owner you can have an advantage of being more quick and nimble to the changing business landscape than your larger competitors, but are you fully utilizing that advantage?
If you aren’t then Agile For Business can help you to step up and take advantage of your small size and be faster to react.
Adopt The Principles Of Agile For Business
- Structured Flexibility
- Just in Time
- Fast & Adaptive
- Incremental Change
Agile is definitely something you should be using to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all the processes in your small business, from your sales processes, to your marketing processes, and especially to your operations processes.
The tenants of Agile will allow your business to be quick on its feet and flexible to changing circumstances.
You will be able to react to varied customer requests.
Your products and especially your service offerings will be able to be more easily customized on a per customer basis based upon the specific real-time requirements of each customer individually.
In the custom enterprise software arena that I spent 17 years of my career in we utilized a multitude of different project management methodologies.
I found agile methodologies so superior to the more classical and traditional methodologies in use in the software industry, that I took the extra initiative to earned a certification from the Scrum Alliance and became a SCRUM Master to better understand the tenants of Agile and deepen my education.
In using Agile and SCRUM on software projects, I was able to see how superior that philosophy was such that I began to adapt the rest of the processes in my business, the non-software processes, to take advantage of Agile as well.
That then lead me down the path of modifying and adapting Agile in order to teach what I had learned and adapted so that other small business owners would be able to take advantage of it as well.
I created a framework to facilitate other business owners adopting Agile For Business for use in their businesses, and I teach that framework via my coaching and training programs.
As stated in a post from the other day I call those adapted methodologies Agile for Business as well as Scrum for Business to convey that they are not just for software development projects, but rather fulfill the role of a methodology suitable to all the processes in your small business.
If you’ve considered making your business more Agile, or the thought has never crossed your mind before be you think it is a good idea, then it’s time to take that next step and figure out exactly how it can help your small business.
You need to adopt the principles of agile for business in your small business, and you need to do it starting today.
If you’re unsure where to start, or what steps to take first, then I’d love to help you figure out where to go from here in your small business, please post a comment below and I will give you a hand.
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