Kemmy Raji is an Enterprise agile coach who helps major companies such as financial institutions, telecommunication to explore different perspectives of building products and services that are loved by their customers. In this interview with LEADERSHIP, she shares her experiences and the future of Agile Methodology.
What is the future of Agile over the next 3-5 years?
My prediction, Agile future is just beginning! As an agile consultant, I get the privilege of working with many organisations. Some organizations are world-class technology powerhouses and others are just getting their feet wet. No matter their size, their technology, or their market, they all have at least one common interest: to gain a competitive advantage over others in their sector and also in the emerging market. There are 3 areas I have a strong feeling that will encourage and embrace the agile mindset.
Expansion of agile beyond engineering
Agile adoption (transformation) will continue to spread far beyond its software roots because as businesses digitize, more and more businesses look like technology teams. We are now seeing Agile in manufacturing, retail, strategy, human resources, and organizational culture. It might be safe to conclude that “Agile is ruling the world.” It is more than a buzzword now. There may be some contexts, such as Amazon’s Fulfillment Centers, where Agile approaches are not appropriate for the menial work required.
The Agile movement is spreading throughout the world and into various sectors because it enables continuous improvement with methodical execution. People resist change because of lack of communication, inclusivity or sustainability of it. Agile is the opposite, its principle and manifesto ensure that. Leaders will think about the team, not the individual.
Teams are becoming more self- organised and empowered to execute their work with minimal directives- no top-to-bottom approach rather, leadership is encouraged from all levels to foster alignment.
Agile in Education and Educating for Agile
Agile in education is slowly but rapidly gaining recognition. I foresee more schools, colleges and universities making a shift towards learning-in-sprints while placing a focus on values such as teamwork, innovation, and self-assessment. Students will hone their problem-solving mindset among other skills, which is a standard in most workplaces and also a must for any modern professional. Agile is a mindset and is not just a method for doing a particular software but an unstoppable revolution across many businesses and every business function. I believe agile has and will continue to strengthen
Where do you see yourself in the agile evolvement?
I see more of my effort on partnering with agile in education and emerging and frontier countries. I believe this is an area that is still untapped- they are yet to fully realise the beauty and benefits of agile. I look forward to coaching, training, mentoring and consulting for these sectors and countries. Currently, I dedicate my time to creating a platform for people to share and gain agile skills and knowledge. Obviously, this can’t be done in isolation, I hope to have a more recognised platform and partnership to make this a reality.
How can you contribute to the agile community?
Building the agile community and making a difference are two areas of strength that I bring to the Agile community. I organise meetups, webinars, conferences and retreats in Canada. For instance, I am part of the organisers for the first Regional Scrum Gathering in West Africa. We believe that if people from the area aren’t able to attend International Conferences, we should take the conference to them.
In addition, I use my knowledge and working experience in agile and its methodologies by mentoring, teaching and coaching people for free on the Discovering Agile Community Platform. On my professional level, I coach the teams, executives and organisation around business agility and building products and services that people love. As a Coactive coach, I live by its statement that “People are Naturally Creative, Resourceful and Whole meaning, they are not broken, and don’t need fixing, and I am simply there to help remove the limiting assumptions.
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