What is Agile?

Agile means agile and refers to a more flexible way of organizing. A way that allows you as an organization to respond better and faster to the changing world and the needs of your customers. You do this by setting up customer-oriented teams that make (partial) products and services in short cycles of less than a month and coordinate these with your customers. As a result, you get products and services that fit in well with current customer needs and employees who work with even more pleasure.

What are the benefits of Agile working?

With Agile you can respond more quickly to changes and you already deliver value to your customers during the development of products or services through the interim delivery of (part) products. This at the same time reduces the risk that the products or services you develop do not match customer needs.

When is Agile working most effective?

By working Agile, you connect as well as possible to the changing needs of your customer. This makes Agile most effective when you develop complex products or services for rapidly changing markets.

When is Agile working less effective?

Agile working is most useful if the end goal is not yet completely determined. For process and repetitive work, it is more convenient to create efficient procedures. At the same time, this prevents possible risks if you do it incorrectly.

What is the difference between Agile and Scrum?

Agile is a vision to continue to deliver competitive value in rapidly changing markets. Scrum is a way to put that vision into practice. The concepts Agile(2001) and Scrum(1986) were devised independently of each other and by different people.

What is the difference between Agile and Lean?

Both methods put the customer first. The main difference, however, is that Agile focuses on creating new customer value and Lean mainly focuses on operating the existing organization as efficiently as possible.

What is Scrum?

Scrum is a way to actually put the vision of Agile working into practice and focuses on: delivering the highest customer value in the shortest possible time. Within Scrum there is a clear division of roles, there are fixed meetings and work is done in short cycles of a number of weeks called sprints. Unlike other Agile methods, Scrum is IT-specific and therefore one of the most commonly used generic ways to work Agile within Marketing, HR, Product Development & IT in the world. Want to read more about Scrum? Then click here

What is a timebox?

A timebox is the maximum time that a meeting may last. Most meetings within Scrum are time-boxed, so everyone knows in advance how long the meeting will last and therefore feels more concise.

What is a sprintplanning?

Prior to the start of each sprint, the sprint planning meeting determines what will be achieved during a sprint, how that will be done and who will do it. This is done by the Scrum team members in close consultation with the customer’s representative, the Scrum Product Owner.

What is a daily scrum or stand-up?

A short daily meeting of up to 15 minutes between the scrum team members in which each of the team members shares: what they have completed, what they are going to finish and whether they run into something that needs to be solved. The meeting often takes place standing so that it has an active form and does not take too long.

What is a sprint review meeting?

At the end of the sprint, the products and services that have been completed are demonstrated to the Scrum Product Owner in the Sprint Review meeting. As the direct representative of the customer, the Product Owner is the person who approves or rejects the demonstrated products.

What is a sprint retrospective?

Scrum teams want to continuously improve themselves. During the Scrum Retrospective at the end of the sprint, the scrum team members give each other feedback about what they thought went well and what they thought went less well. This retrospective improves the performance of a Scrum team over time.

What is the difference between a Product Owner and a Scrum master?

The Scrum Product Owner determines in collaboration with the customer what needs to be made and with what priority. The Scrum team determines how something should be achieved and the Scrum Master supervises the Scrum process. Do you want to know which role suits you best? Then click here.