Bringing Agile into Non-Tech Environments

Agile originated in a technical work environment and its likely still its main performance stage. However, that doesn’t mean Agile cannot bring success to any other branch of industry.
There are plentiful examples of this being true — with lawyers, journalists, salesmen, financial managers and design professionals using the Agile approach on a daily basis, there is significant potential for the method to be a success, where workflow management and office politics are concerned.
What are some easy ways of using typical Agile traits in a non-technical business then?

Transparency

Change introduction

Priorities on priorities

Iterations and guidelines

Customer’s point of view

Do keep in mind that there is no need for your team to adopt all of the Agile Manifesto’s points at once. Frankly, even starting with one might bring an impressive change and an approach of gradual change introduction might pay off.
The easiest change — which is also quickest at the same time — you can introduce is requesting that the teams start using a shared task board, such as Kanban Tool’s — in one go, they will gain access to the big picture, simplify communication and make their prioritisation easier. From there on, further applications of Agile will follow easily.

This article was originally posted on the Kanban Tool Blog.