Every project that claims to be efficient must follow two basic rules: To be tested before being implemented, and to optimize development timelines. Let’s take a break here, shall we? Let’s imagine, just for a second, the following scenario: the development team from a technological company is working on the integration of an app, meanwhile, another team from the same company, needs said app to solve a problem. In an average situation, both teams would not be able to work at the same time, and one team would have to wait for the other one to finish their task before being able to begin with their own work, thus workload, and collaboration between the development team and the IT operations team, become limited. In other words, performance decreases and production phase becomes delayed, and so becomes the product’s delivery. Nevertheless, those mishaps could have been avoided if a better planning was applied. Because of this, and to help with this, Agile Development Teams exist. But, what exactly are Agile Development Teams?

We talked about Agile teams with Manuel Santiago, Agile Director at Kibernum, a company dedicated to help developers become high performance teams, focusing on digital products implementation.

“We call a development team a team that is focused on software development, and we call a team an agile team when the team centers their work around the customer, and works towards early and permanent value delivery, integrating the agile manifesto into its philosophy and dynamics, achieving teamwork, working on short-term time cycles that deliver value to the customer, constantly monitoring the work done and possible actions to sustain continuous improvement. All of this allows having iterative and incremental development processes, leading the way to the construction of a product that contains the customer’s expected final vision, positively impacting their final satisfaction level.” Says Manuel.

Therefore, another important point to keep in mind if you are thinking on a new project, is to consider short work cycles through which you can be able to test and make sure everything is working accordingly. Logically, this approach reduces notoriously the error margin, compared to a company that does not follow this method.

Manuel estimates the current Agile Development Team market will grow, because they are becoming more needed day by day to help companies optimize their resources and, more than anything, their time. Manuel says: “Because companies environments, in different industries, are ever- changing, a model to validate hypotheses with constant customers feedback to adapt products to their real needs has become a necessity.”

Finally, for Kibernum Director, nowadays Agile Development Teams aim to grant organizations the fluency in value delivery towards the customers, and in order to do so, the key is to put people above processes, to keep in mind that face to face collaboration with the customer is more relevant than strict contracts, and to be willing to adapt to changes instead of keeping a rigid plan. This lets companies reduce their products lead times and operational costs, increase profitability, and place the organization within the industry, with a competitive advantage.

We keep Manuel’s message to contribute to companies improvement, both in Chile and around the world:

“We have to reach competitive scenarios when we develop digital products, to do so, it is important to change the vision regarding value delivery, the current biggest mistake is that companies are looking to satisfy the needs of their own areas instead of the final customer’s, who should be the only reason for companies to exist, as they are the ones that measure companies with their loyalty and preference”.