Check How These 5 Companies Reach Success with Agile!
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Check How These 5 Companies Reach Success with Agile!

In many organizations, agile is used to manage a wide range of projects, from software development to marketing campaigns. It is particularly useful in fast-paced, complex environments where change is the norm. Agile emphasizes the importance of delivering value to customers early and often, and it encourages teams to be responsive to change.

Productivity in agile refers to the ability of a team to deliver high-quality work at a consistent pace, while continuously adapting to changes in priorities and requirements. One key aspect of productivity in agile is the use of iterative and incremental development, which involves breaking down larger goals into smaller chunks and delivering them in regular intervals, typically called "sprints." This approach allows teams to quickly identify and address any issues or roadblocks, and to make adjustments as needed to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Another key factor in agile productivity is the emphasis on self-organization and collaboration, which enables team members to take ownership of their work and make decisions that drive progress. By fostering a culture of transparency, trust, and continuous improvement, agile teams can achieve high levels of productivity and deliver value to their customers on a regular basis.

Agile can help organizations to be more efficient, innovative, and responsive to the needs of their customers. However, obstacles and challenges also lie within, as agile requires great adaptation to dynamic changes, flexibility, and inconsistent environments. With the right framework and great cultural mindset, organizations can achieve success with Agile.

These are the example of 5 companies that have successfully escalated their business with Agile!

1. Cisco

Cisco has shifted its Subscription Billing Platform (SBP) project to Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to improve its process and delivery time. By implementing SAFe, defects in the development process were reduced by 40% compared to the previous releases, and defects removal efficiency increased by 14%. Cisco has successfully utilized agile to boost deployment process and minimize defects.

2. LEGO Digital Solutions

LEGO Digital Solutions, a famous toy-brick maker, has succeeded in improving client collaboration and platform development with Scrums and sprints. Combined with the SAFe framework, the organization successfully reduced duplicated work, minimized dependency issues, and improved planning execution.

3. Ericsson

When developing its Media Gateway for Mobile Networks (M-MGw), Ericsson only depended on the waterfall model and had limited product knowledge, which later created greater silos and long deployment processes. The company later utilized Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) to add flexibility and shorten release cycles.

4. PlayStation Network

When the Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) engineering team switched its project management frameworks from waterfall to SAFe, the team successfully boosted its productivity. The SIE engineering team has reduced initial planning time by 28% and helped to decrease the company’s costs by about $30 million a year.

5. Royal Phillips

Collaborating between a Scrum framework and SAFe practices, improvements made by Royal Phillips are astounding. Royal Phillips has improved its development process by reducing the release cycle time from 18 months to 6 months, which highly impacted the company’s productivity compared to when the company used the traditional waterfall method.

Agile approaches to project management prioritize flexibility and adaptability in the face of changing requirements and priorities. This means that teams are able to respond quickly and effectively to changes as they arise, rather than following a rigid plan that may not be relevant in a rapidly evolving environment. To adapt to changes in agile, teams rely on a variety of techniques, such as continuous feedback, iteration, and regular check-ins with stakeholders. These approaches help teams to identify and address any issues or roadblocks that may arise, and to make adjustments as needed to stay on track and deliver value to customers. By embracing a culture of continuous learning and improvement, agile teams are able to adapt to changes and stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing world.

Productivity is an important aspect of agile, as it helps organizations to deliver value to their customers in a timely and efficient manner. Agile emphasizes the importance of continuous improvement and encourages teams to regularly review and assess their work processes for improvement. Agile helps organizations to focus on delivering value and improve efficient workflow.

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