Tentative Agility for Non-IT Organizations: A Step-by-Step Approach

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The world moves fast and agility is required for any task you do, whether personal or professional. Agile is not just about being flexible, but being “flexible with a purpose.” It helps you run in any fast-paced environment. 

In the business world, agile-based models have been gaining in popularity. The last decade has seen more and more IT organizations move toward agile transformation. But agile adoption in non-IT organizations has been a challenge, especially with reaching agile maturity. Although many organizations have completed the adoption, only a few have been able to reach a high level of maturity. 

IT organizations have a relatively easier path to adopting agile practices, as the software development life cycle background helps in getting support more quickly and easily from stakeholders. Non-IT organizations face a greater challenge as the stakeholders have a limited background with the SDLC, so getting buy-in on agile practices is relatively tough. 

Although a lot of research has been conducted to support agile adoption in general, there is limited information or support available for the approach to be used for non-IT organizations. This article aims to help.

Does agile work for non-IT organizations?
Agile is not just about software development. It should apply to everything an organization produces. HR, finance and …

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