Undeniably, organizations are successfully embracing the agile mindset, but they are overlooking the engineering excellence of a sound technical infrastructure to support the organization. In today’s business environment, the IT department is under pressure to do more with less. Legacy systems are expensive to maintain and support, and agile teams are seen as a more nimble way to get projects done quickly. However, this combination can be deadly for an organization.
Wired for agility
With the ever-growing popularity of agile teaming, many organizations are looking to ditch their legacy IT systems in favor of more modern and flexible solutions. However, this can often be a deadly combination.
While agile teaming can offer many benefits, such as increased flexibility and faster delivery times, it can also lead to a number of problems. One of the biggest dangers is that it can undermine the very structure that holds an organization together.
In many cases, agile teaming is implemented without a clear understanding of how it will impact an organization’s overall architecture. As a result, it can create silos and islands of information that are difficult to integrate and manage. This can lead to duplication of effort, confusion, and ultimately frustration for everyone involved.
Another issue with agile teaming is that it often leads to the glorification of individual contributors over teams. This can create an environment where people are more concerned with getting their own work done than with working collaboratively. This can lead to a lack of communication and coordination, which can ultimately doom an agility initiative.
The bottom line is that while agile teaming can offer many benefits, it needs to be implemented carefully and with a clear understanding of how it will
Addressing IT legacy
IT legacy is the accumulated technical debt that an organization has built up over time. This can be in the form of outdated software, hardware, and processes. It can also be in the form of unmet expectations and unrealistic goals.
Agile teams are often lauded for their ability to rapidly deliver value. However, they are also often guilty of undermining IT legacy. This is because they tend to focus on short-term gains rather than long-term sustainability. As a result, they may end up creating more debt than they solve.
Organizations need to be aware of this danger and take steps to avoid it. One way to do this is to make sure that agile teams are properly integrated into the overall IT strategy. Another way is to make sure that legacy systems are given the attention they deserve. With the right approach, IT legacy can be addressed without sacrificing the benefits of agile teaming.
· Democratize Data
To increase the revenue stream, data and technology should be accessible to everyone so that all the potential holders can make the right decision. Data should not be the property of a single person or a group, on the contrary, it should be used as an enterprise-wide asset. Therefore, for enhanced decision-making, it is important to have data governance in place along with the latest technology to ingest, connect & organize the drive insights that can support the enhanced decision making.
· Build modular platforms
The blog section for “Undermining IT legacy and Glorification of Agile Teaming – A deadly Combo” discusses the need for companies to build modular platforms. The author argues that many companies are still using the Waterfall approach to software development, which is becoming increasingly outdated. Agile teams are more flexible and can adapt to change more easily, making them more productive in the long run. Modular platforms will allow companies to keep their legacy systems while also embracing new technologies.
· Empower Creatives & Engineers
To enhance productivity, organizations should provide them with developmental & collaboration tools along with the standard interfaces, so that they can create a physical prototype for the potential product before sending them for mass-level manufacturing.
· Infuse Intelligent Technology
Infusing the latest technology is important while developing the product, as it provides you with a competitive edge in the market. Also, it also removes the monotonous work layer and makes the workspace more interesting.
Cracking the technology paradox requires unlocking human ingenuity to deliver on the promise of technology. Bringing all this together is challenging. I believe that those that can master the right combination of business and technology skills can sail ahead of the competition. If you’re ready to tackle your legacy IT, we’re here to help.