Challenges in implementing Agile

January 6, 2014
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Even if it’s easier to implement Agile, there are few challenges which make it difficult to implement:

Less knowledge:

Finding experts who can make others understand Agile better is very rare and hence is the first bottleneck. If there are some experts in your own company, then you can consider yourself very lucky, else it’s not your day.

Team size:

The implementation of Agile can go wary if the team size is big. If the team size is huge, then it takes a lot of effort to maintain the same level of communication and understanding within all members. For a bigger team, the learning should be shared amongst all members which requires an extra investment. For better communication, scrum teams discuss their ideas with other teams. This meeting is normally termed as a scrum of scrums meeting.

Change:

When a company has an established methodology and a set of processes, it becomes very difficult to bring a change to the current process. If there is no positive outcome in agile implementation, then it makes no sense for the company to invest and implement agile in the company.

Multi-tasking:

Sometimes, it is seen that few employees have to work on other assignments and it really becomes difficult for the other team members to continue working on the agile project at the same efficiency. Another issue is that from the member’s perspective, it becomes very difficult to work on multiple assignments at the same time.

Unfamiliarity with techniques:

External departments are not quite familiar with the agile techniques and its implementation. So, the scrum team members need to provide proper training so as to make them familiar with agile.

Tactical issues:

The scrum team needs a range of simulation software so that it can test the user interface and code. The need additional hardware or software to implement agile. This acts as a challenge if the additional hardware or software is not available or if the organization doesn’t allow usage of additional hardware or software.

 Not a developed team:

If a team has to work for a single assignment, then normally, the company follows a planned approach to achieve the target unless and until the employees already have a previous experience in agile methodologies. On the contrary, if the teams have to work on multiple assignments at the same time, then the employees need to be trained regularly on agile techniques depending on the urgency of requirement. Else, it will be tough for them to complete the migration.

If all these challenges are faced and overcome, the implementation of agile will surely help the company a lot and will provide huge benefits like flexibility, perceptibility and increase in value.

 

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