Product Innovation Trends

Rethinking the Agile Manifesto: Looking to the Future

This is the ninth post in a series examining the changes that have occurred since the Agile Manifesto was published and the implications they have on how we might consider the Manifesto today. Find the first post here.

I believe that the future is something that we at Jama refer to as ‘Modern Product Delivery’ or MPD. We now better understand the ways in which the world has changed and how to redefine how we discuss process. Ultimately it’s about a process that involves the entire organization and takes into consideration collaboration, people and organizational structures within the organization. It’s not just about engineering anymore… it’s about everyone. 

So, what are some specific changes we can expect? Methodologies are less about process and more about organizational structure.

  • Data and science will drive decisions – We’re already seeing this We’ve heard about big data and connected products are helping companies better track and understand how their products are used and why. For example, Tesla is gathering a lot of information about their current fleet in order to continually make software improvements and evolve future models. Contract data can provide incredible value for future versions of products.
  • Culture will continue to be a focus – It’s one of those things that successful companies take seriously. It’s not about video games and smoothies; it’s about working together in an empowered, innovative way.
  • Individual behavior will be a driver of the future of work – Digital fluency, or the ability to harness modern technology and tools to achieve better results, will become increasingly prevalent in the workplace. Younger generations are able to interact in many different ways with ease and don’t want to rely on decades old technology to work.
  • Solutions and tools will take a larger role – Our world is surrounded by software and people almost demand it now. White boards are good for meeting conversations but they are not the place of record for complex projects. You need tools and software to accomplish that.

Read the final installment of this blog series, “Recommendations for Rethinking the Agile Manifesto.” In the meantime, find me on Twitter or share your thoughts on the Manifesto in the comments below and download my eBook, “A Modern Take on the Agile Manifesto.”

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