Management Solutions is pleased to announce that we now offer agile services to improve client project outcomes. Building on our core philosophy of simplifying complexity, we assist with the fast-changing needs and challenges clients face in a competitive global marketplace.

What is Agile?

For many, the term ‘agile’ might conjure images of lemurs or gymnasts. In the context of project management, there has been much confusion around the concept of agility. “Agile approaches to project management aim for early, measurable ROI through defined, iterative delivery of product increments,” according to the Project Management Institute. Though the agile method has its origins in software development, its emphasis on continuous involvement of the customer throughout the product development cycle has proven beneficial across many industries.

“To me, ‘agile’ is all about building high-functioning teams, improving communication, and bringing issues to the surface faster,” says Jason Crane, Certified SAFe 5 Program Consultant and one of the chief architects of Management Solutions’ Agile Services offerings. “I’ve heard managers talk about feeling like they have to ‘put out fires’ all the time. With agile methods, teams can catch problems before they catch fire and explode.”

When asked what value agile methodologies bring to clients, Crane cites four main points:

  • Better work organization across teams
  • Enhanced focus
  • Accelerated problem identification and resolution
  • Continuous improvement of processes

“With agile processes, the team is protected in the sense that everyone is heard. When you protect the team, you can create meetings that people actually want to go to, and you protect the flow of productivity,” says Crane.

What is the cost of NOT ‘going agile’?

“One of the goals of the agile approach is to develop sustainable teams with predictable delivery,” says Crane. “With agile methods, teams get comfortable asking questions, seeking feedback, and committing to achievable work. This leads to better project outcomes.”

The data support Crane’s claims. According to a study by The Standish Group cited in a report by Bain & Company, “Agile projects enjoy a 60% greater chance of success than non-Agile projects. Looking deeper, we find that traditional ‘waterfall’ projects are three times more likely to fail than Agile projects.”

The Standish Group study quantified how agile methods help organizations decrease costs: Agile projects and programs cost 3.6x less than traditional waterfall projects and programs involving similar functionality. Cost savings are far from the only benefit – a report from the Project Management Institute demonstrates the link between high agility and revenue growth. According to the study, “75% of organizations with high agility report a minimum of 5% year-over-year revenue growth… compared to only 29% of organizations with low agility.”

As the evidence shows, adopting agile methods isn’t just about keeping up with the latest trends, it’s about choosing an approach that can mean the difference between success and failure in an ever-changing, competitive marketplace.

Why Choose Management Solutions for agile services

When you choose Management Solutions, you can be confident that agile services will be delivered by credentialed experts. The agile services team includes not only Crane, but Scott Major (PMP, CLSS, CCMP) who is a certified SAFe Agilist and PROSCI certified, as well as Sydney Hogston, Certified Scrum Master and Six Sigma certified.

The team’s agile service offerings include:

  • Business agility assessment
  • Predictable delivery
  • Organizational Change management
  • Value stream mapping
  • Implementation strategy
  • Lean process improvement
  • Key personnel engagement

Management Solutions agile service offerings can help your organization bridge the gap between strategy and execution by improving workflow, planning resources, and filling in any gaps that may be creating obstacles to project success.