The third instalment of our 2015 Agile predictions comes from Tom Sedge, Management Consultant & Agile/Lean Coach at Radtac.
- Increased adoption of Agile practices beyond IT with the beginnings of Agile being perceived as more than just IT. There’s work to do to sell the benefits of this much more strongly and separately from scaled Agile frameworks - for example local teams and departments visualising their work and processes and instilling a continuous improvement culture.
- More focus on helping Finance, Procurement, HR and Facilities work in an Agile way to eliminate constraints that are a barrier to transformation. There’s the beginnings of better approaches with the Beyond Budgeting crowd but there’s a lot more than can be done.
- Increased cultural changes, including flatter organisations, servant leadership, network management and an increased demand for consultancy/coaching/training to enable these to function better. Some of this demand will be generated from existing constraints - e.g. cost savings, driving work, and management changes.
- Public sector: the beginnings a slow switch from GDS-style digital transformations of existing services to a more joined-up and holistic approach that doesn’t presume technology is the main solution, leading to simpler integrated services, person- (not transaction-) centric, more human and which therefore need less (and better) IT.
- Transformation projects: a growing rejection of unworkable “big change” industrial transformation processes in favour of faster, simpler, led-from-the-ground change that is experiment-driven with a good balance of step-change and continuous improvement.