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Becoming More Agile: The Higher Demand for Agile Skills

November 2017- by Sarahbeth Jones, Content & Communications Specialist

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Chances are you’ve heard the term “Agile” or “Agile methodology” mentioned in your workplace related to project management and software development. Due to the ever-increasing demand for speed and agility, Agile is continuing to replace older project cycle methods for many businesses.

Among our clients, Apex has seen the following year over year:

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Additionally, we have experienced a 116.7% increase in requirements requesting candidates with SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework®) experience. SAFe® is based on Agile and Lean principles and is gaining in popularity because it allows an agility mindset to reach all areas of an organization, including an enterprise scale.

What is Agile?
Delivery of a product using an Agile philosophy focuses specifically on developing valuable, working software as fast as possible. There are many frameworks that can be adopted to aid in agility; however, the goals are the same:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

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Agile Method Benefits
The Agile philosophy provides many benefits to technology teams, as well as the business partners and there is much reason for this large-scale move in the industry.

This adoption can be seen for the following reasons:

  • Plans change
  • Requirements are never 100% known
  • No deferring of value resulting in faster business benefits
  • Timely and responsive method for developing working software
  • Fosters rapid feedback
  • Allows room for error and adjustment

Looking to develop your Agile skills? Check out our Toolbox Talks here.

Join us on 3/7/2018 at 1 PM ET, for a free webinar with Barbee Davis, "Implementing Agile So It Sticks", RSVP here!

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