Break down the barriers
Businesses that use the methodologies of agile and lean have to ensure their processes reflect the modern working world. Targets on projects are tighter than ever, with increased pressure on both budgets and time. Teams have to remain collaborative and innovative against a rising expectation that large projects will be completed at speed. Simply adopting agile or lean methods will not guarantee a successful outcome. Agile working needs to advance to make each stage of the process more efficient. The introduction of the right technological tools could boost the performance of both individuals and the group as a whole. Solutions that can complement proven methods and fast track them into the digital age.
Agile goes digital
In modern corporate culture it is not feasible to expect agile teams to be co-located and gathered together in one designated office. For agile to be a success in the digital age, it has to work virtually. Ideally, the same level of communication and collaboration should be achieved regardless of location, with equal input from all remote and office-based employees. Agile teams have to track a full end to end, agile process while enabling collaboration and engagement. Yet, given that this is such a forward-thinking methodology, many still use whiteboards and post-it notes to iterate and track their progress. Why? Because it’s familiar and, most importantly it works. Rather than seeking to replace these methodologies, any digital solutions have to build on those tried and tested methods, make them more efficient and accessible in the virtual world.
The need to advance agile working practices is reflected in the many software tools emerging on to the market.
The majority are designed for individuals, specifically to use on their own personal devices. However, as the success of agile is based on team performance it is essential that the software platform not only supports individuals, but the team as a whole. One such solution that supports groups working together is Nureva’s Span. It provides a visual platform for agile teams to contribute and track even the most complex projects and as it is cloud-based it is accessible from any place and any device.
Span takes the principle of collaborating with familiar tools such as whiteboards and sticky notes into the digital realm.
When NurevaSpan software is combined with NurevaSpan hardware it creates a full digital experience and the ability to replace any paper process with an immersive and interactive solution. Teams can view and review their virtual ‘sprint board’ and walls of sticky notes containing the actions and objectives from any location on their chosen device. To make agile working more efficient, Span’s cloud-hosted canvas can be filled with multiple templates, images, post it notes and sketches. Agile teams can instantly see all their data and are already familiar with the software tools to replicate the analogue process.
Without the right tools it is a huge challenge to follow an agile model when a company culture centres on virtual collaboration.
Agile and lean methodologies can be even more powerful with a solution such as Span. Employees spread across the globe can contribute and complete tasks in their own time zones, with greater flexibility to communicate and collaborate. Project leaders and scrum masters can keep on top changes and track progress in real-time rather than scheduling regular face-to-face meetings to check every status updates. And when working on multiple projects, simply switch between Span canvases – now the available space doesn’t limit the implementation of the methodologies.
Businesses are redesigning theirphysical working environments to better facilitate agile interactions.Nureva has created digital solutions to help every organisation make that transition and advance the paper-based processes of the agile working approach.Companies can power their lean and agile processes with Span’s adaptable tools, such as the custom templates, to visualise workflows and keep everyone aligned. One collaboration space can be used for multiple projects and teams can track theircomplex activities and visually understand how their requests and activities connect. The benefits of using this digital solution are clear, better ways of working, more efficient agile processes and improved productivity to complement all agile practices.
- Cloud-based collaboration software lets remote teams access and contribute to workflows in real-time from any location
- Tracks the entire process end to end, while enabling collaboration and engagement.
- Engaging and simple-to-use tool, designed to replace paper processes such as Scrum and Kanban
- All information in one cloud-based location. Canvases can be duplicated, making it easy to access different versions and track progress.
- A fully immersive and interactive solution to complement and digitise existing processes.