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The Top 6 Articles on Agile to Read in 2021

Agile is an iterative approach to software development that helps teams deliver value sooner, foster better collaboration, and release higher quality software. It was born in 2001 when 17 independent software practitioners got together and developed the Agile Manifesto.

Below, we’ve collected six articles that can help you better understand Agile, and how to deploy, develop and scale it across your business.

Whether you’re considering adopting Agile software development, or you want to stay up to date with changes in the industry, these articles can help.

1. Agile 101

If you’re new to Agile, this article is the best place to start. The Agile Alliance shares the history of Agile, what Agile software development actually is, and the difference between an Agile mindset and Agile methodologies. It’s more than just frameworks and practices, and having an understanding of the history and the required mindset is the perfect way to start your journey to adoption.

2. Embracing Agile: How to master the process that’s transforming management

Don’t let the age of this article put you off, it has some great advice on embracing Agile that is still as relevant today as when it was written. The authors are extremely well respected in their fields; Darrel K. Rigby is the author of Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos, Jeff Sutherland is one of the creators of Scrum and Hirotaka Takeuchi is a professor in the strategy unit of Harvard Business School.

Agile innovation has transformed software development. But some executives may still be unsure of the benefits of Agile for the wider business. What role can it play in marketing, human resources or strategic planning for example? This article explores how you can embrace an Agile approach to innovation across your entire organization.

3. 7 strategies to help you build an Agile, successful growth organization

As a leader, you’re looking for ways to improve your business to allow for sustainable growth. To do this, you need to not just ask for change, but to design practices that drive innovation. Adopting Agile can be the catalyst for this change.

This article covers the seven strategies Kevin Jones, CEO of Rackspace Technology, relies on to boost growth and sustain progress. The article shows how business leaders can improve their organization’s results and achieve consistent growth by adopting an Agile approach.

4. Strategic planning, the agile way

Traditional strategic planning can often fall short, especially for enterprise organizations. Matching capacity to demand can be costly, and inaccurate. Excessive budgets can be allocated and subsequently spent, and being locked into rigid plans can make it impossible to make quick decisions and respond to change.

In this article, Atlassian explores how businesses can scale Agile, and how enterprise-level priorities change in an Agile world. Spoiler alert – they decide that enterprise agility saves the day.

5. Agile at 20: Where it’s been and where it’s going

It’s been 20 years since the Agile manifesto was created and this article explores where Agile is now, what the core principles are, and what we might change about the manifesto, knowing what we know now. It’s interesting to hear from some of the founders of Agile and how they view it now. As a concept is it too rigid? Or is it too fluid?

While the definition and application of Agile are often debated, the Agile Manifesto was created to provide better ways to develop and deliver software. Agile at its heart is about the core principles, and this article reminds us of that.

6. Five agile methodologies to accelerate SAP development

Adopting Agile can help you deliver faster deployments to your SAP environments, but how do you know which Agile methodologies are the right ones for your business? In this article, we explain and demystify Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming (XP), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

Want to know more about Agile and how to get started with Agile for SAP? Download our free guide with 8 steps to success.

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