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Agile, Lean, DevOps: a closer look

Who hasn't heard of the terms Agile, Lean, and DevOps? If you believe they represent yet another business hype, think again.

Agile, Lean, and DevOps are well-thought-out, inextricably linked ideas that lead to impressive results. And companies can greatly benefit from a combination of the three of them.

Agile: collaboration and room for change

Multidisciplinary, self-managing teams that place the individual above predefined rules: that is what Agile is all about. A collaborative mindset and flexibility are basic principles for those working in an Agile manner. The overarching goal is split into small steps that leave enough room for twists, turns, and shifts. Because somewhere down the road, you will undoubtedly encounter change - which may, at times, force you to take a new direction.

Keep it. Lean!

Originally rooted in the production industry, but adopted by other industries as well, Lean is a process-oriented approach with added value at its core. The fundamental question in every step of the process is: Are we adding value? Furthermore, there is a constant focus on improvement. By continuously renewing and polishing, teams are able to keep things lean.

DevOps: a merger of two opposites

DevOps - a contraction of Development and Operations - finds its roots in the world of software and IT. Traditionally, development departments focus on change, whereas operations divisions tend to stick to the familiar. Today, however, stagnation means decline. Companies simply cannot afford to stand still. Progress is key, and that's where DevOps comes in: software is assessed and implemented quickly, and companies choose to release components of it rather than wait until the final purpose is achieved.

The best of three worlds

Those who combine Agile Lean, and DevOps - including their different methodologies - benefit from a powerful and dynamic way of working. RaDeSys has adopted this best-of-three-worlds-approach successfully: software is delivered quicker and more efficiently, implementation takes place after every completed step, and regular assessments ensure that adding value is a central part of the process.

Proponents of stability are missing out on many things. Our fast-paced, post-millennium world is more dynamic than ever, and companies that want to keep up should adapt to its major focus on change.