Why Agile Fails In Organisations – Part 1

Agile is still a fairly new concept to many organisations and there are various boundaries that prevent organisations from implementing Agile effectively. This blog will highlight some hinderances and why they do happen.

Areas of the business are resistant to change

In many organisations even today there are many employees that do not want to experience major change. Keeping some of the old practices that are used in Waterfall development where software is developed in silos are still kept. This slows down the efficiency of a team because the team is not working to its full capacity and work is done in stages without scope for innovation or improvement in some areas as well.

Organisations want to keep a top/down structure 

Many organisations do not want to let go of their hierarchical structure where management tell their staff what to do and the staff just do as they are told. Agile empowers its work force because features can be reproritised to enable the team to work more efficiently and these strategies work well in the long run. Another issue with large organisations is that within scrum projects there can be more members than needed and various bosses and this can cause clashing of views combined with a lack of direction within the team which can be damaging to efficiency as well.

Organisations dont know how to adjust their testing strategy 

In many big organisations the value placed on regression testing is sometimes understated and this can cause problems because when new features are added, testing needs to be done in iterations to ensure that areas of the software already developed still work as expected when Agile is being implemented. It is strongly advised within big organisations to ensure good quality assurance is carried out as well as a good testing tool to enable software development to be tested in the right ways which will save money for the business in the long run.

 

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