Why methodology is good for you

One of the key questions we face time after time is ‘Why would I want a methodology?’ The question is usually posed in such a way that you can almost hear the thought process going on behind it:

  • Isn’t methodology just another bureaucratic nightmare?
  • Isn’t the whole idea of a written methodology the very opposite of Agile?
  • Won’t a formal methodology make us rigid?
  • Isn’t methodology just another cost?

Unsurprisingly, having observed the value of a well defined, well managed methodology in many organisations over literally decades, we don’t agree. In fact we can pile up the benefits from having a well defined methodology till the cows come home. Here are just a few – there really are literally dozens more!

  1. A good methodology is a shared roadmap for delivery – great for modelling, steering, tracking and – best of all – achieving
  2. A good methodology facilitates team collaboration by making sure the whole team agrees on what Agile actually is.
  3. A good methodology supports the Scrum Master/Lead’s primary responsibility – to keep the team aligned to core Agile values, principles & practices. Still more importantly, it does it even when the Scrum Master/Lead’s isn’t there.
  4. A good methodology truly empowers the whole team – putting a mass of in-depth Agile knowledge, skill, experience & tools at everyone’s fingertips. And because it’s shared by all, it provides a solid basis for collaboration.
  5. A good methodology answers the hundreds – maybe thousands – of questions that surround even a simple Agile project. It’s like having a great coach by your side – only 24/7/365.
  6. A good methodology provides a comprehensive to-do list for those moments when you can only remember half of what needs to be done.
  7. Like the brakes on your car, knowing the risks & issues of delivery helps you go faster. So a good methodology identifies the critical risks & issues.
  8. A good methodology builds a secure foundation for scaling Agile – experts in scaling routinely rate shared processes & practices among their Top Tips for success.
  9. A good methodology helps you build your team? Whether you’re on-boarding new people or have Agile newbies to train – no problem: just point to the methodology & say, ‘This is how we do Agile’.
  10. A good methodology helps you climb the learning curve really fast. You won’t need to be constantly telling your team what to do next – or how to do it – because the methodology will do that for you.
  11. A good methodology makes sure you don’t fall back! The pressures on an Agile team can be immense & unforgiving. A methodology makes sure you’re never tempted to fall back into bad old ways.

If this doesn’t persuade you to at least think about implementing an Agile methodology, well…

By |2018-07-24T12:19:57+00:00Tuesday, July 24 2018|Categories: Agile, All, Methodology & lifecycles|0 Comments

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