Agile. It's the business buzzword you may have heard about but not used in your own office. While once reserved for software development, agility and its principles have spread across all organisations. Agile methodology champions better human communication, produces better working results and improves the ability to adapt to change.
1. Adopt face-to-face communication
Today, connecting with someone is just a call or click away. While there are many advantages to digital communication, its extensive takeover in the workplace has made companies forget about the importance of face-to-face conversation.
Face-to-face communication is the most effective and efficient method of conveying information to and within a development team.
If your employees or clients don't feel connected with one another, understanding individual and team needs becomes increasingly difficult. Face-to-face conversation removes this risk by:
Data from Virgin’s ‘Face² - The Numbers Behind Networking’ report confirms the need to adopt face-to-face communication in workplaces. A report found 95 per cent of employees think face-to-face meetings are essential for building long-term relationships.
Face-to-face conversation is crucial for building long-lasting relationships in the workplace.
2. Encourage regular and daily cooperation between departments
One of the main principles of “Agile” promotes the need for regular and daily cooperation between departments. This is where stand-ups come into play. These are short, daily meetings held at the same time each day and ask the following three questions:
- What did I work on yesterday?
- What am I working on today?
- What issues are blocking me?
These questions help highlight the progress of projects, identify problems and put steps in place to resolve them quickly and effectively. Regular reinforcement of sharing individual plans keeps everyone excited about the teams’ overall contribution to the company.
3. Plan for the unexpected
Another key principle of “Agile” focuses on the idea that businesses should always plan for the unexpected. Under the "regular adaptation to changing circumstances" principle, managers should account for flexibility in all processes, so they can easily accommodate to changes within the business. Changes could include increased costs, loss of contracts and rapid growth.
How do you ensure you have the time and resources for such changes?
In any office environment, it's important to have processes in place that remain steady in times of change. This is where n3 comes in. Whether you're meeting the demands of growth or looking to put some long-term plans in place, our easy processes help get you there. With our in-house team of procurement experts, you focus what’s important, while they negotiate the best prices and terms of supply for your business. From extra chairs to more stationery, we have partnerships with some of New Zealand' best office suppliers to ensure your workplace has everything it needs at a lower cost.
If you'd like to find out how we can help reduce business costs, get in touch with the team at n3 today!
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