Having just finished a substantial series of articles on the Benefits of Agile, I thought it might be good to let you all know about some other ideas about these benefits. I don’t agree with everyone who has written on this topic, but of course, you can judge for yourself!
Although there many other benefits of agile, and although those provide us with other reasons to try agile, the five essential benefits of agile are:
Rapid Learning – disciplined application of the scientific method to explore the best ways to deliver valuable results.
Early Return on Investment – opportunity to use the results of work starting with the work delivered at the end of the first iteration.
Satisfied Stakeholders – engagement in the process in a way that allows meaningful contributions from all stakeholders.
Increased Control – mechanisms to track/measure and therefore steer the direction that work is going so that it meets goals.
Responsiveness to Change – processes, tools, roles and principles that allow a team and an organization to embrace change rather than reject, control or suffer from change.
These reasons are sufficient and apply to operations work, project work and open-ended research work, whenever humans are involved. The above links take you to more detailed descriptions of each of these benefits.
What are some of the other benefits of agile?