Why Business Consultants Need Agile Experience to Succeed

In today's fast-paced business environment, more companies are searching for alternatives to traditional strategy, technology, and infrastructure. To go agile -- an industry push that started as far back as 20 years ago -- requires an enterprise-wide shift in culture, processes, and tools.

Articles published October 22, 2019 by Holly Veeder

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The goal is to be rapid and flexible in adapting to market and customer changes and delivering your products or services. However, transformation is a tall order for any organization, no matter their size.

To effectively implement such a holistic change to your business, it is important to partner with business consultants who have agile experience. Agile consultants can guide you down the right path and steer your organization clear of common mistakes that stem from a lack of experience.

Agility Allows for Flexibility

Consider what it means to not be agile. What words come to mind? Clumsy. Slow. Rigid. Not exactly the qualities you would expect for a successful business. Especially in today’s world where resisting the push to go agile can equate to being an analog player in a digital realm.

Digital startups understand this better than most, which has allowed them to make inroads in markets previously dominated by traditional competitors. More market opportunities are going to be available to you when you can use data and business intelligence to ensure a higher likelihood of success. And these digital systems can be developed quicker with agile approaches.

Going agile is an investment that allows you to accelerate your business.

Theory is Not Enough

“Agile” is not a new buzzword for businesses. You wouldn’t have to look far to find a well-written article about what it means to go agile or best practices for how to go agile. But you’re going to need to rely on more than theoretical discussions for such an undertaking. Find a consultant who has put theory into practice and effectively altered the DNA of an organization.

There are enough potential wrong turns ahead that you require an agile consultant who has been there before and can bring objective advice on the challenges ahead. The transition can be tough, but a trusted outside perspective will help ensure that everyone in the organization, from the top down, is driving towards finding collective solutions to make agile work. That kind of collaboration can only raise the quality of your products or services.

Build a Strong Foundation

It’s okay to ask for help. In fact, you need it. When a company is transitioning to a more agile approach, it means change needs to happen at every level of the organization. There are going to be a fair amount of obstacles, and there is no substitute for the hands-on support and guidance that an experienced agile consultant can provide, especially during the early days.

Mistakes made within the first few months, weeks, or even days of going agile can have a butterfly effect, magnifying and expanding exponentially over time. Don’t put your company at risk.

By taking steps to safeguard your transition to more agile processes, you are protecting your investment.

Ready to go agile? Connect with Aureon and optimize your business with agile solutions.

About The Author

Holly Veeder

Holly Veeder, vice president of Aureon Consulting, is responsible for Consulting’s business operations and sales. Previously, Holly held leadership roles including Director of Operations and Program Management, PMO Manager, and Account Manager within the financial services and HR outsourcin ... read more

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