There is perhaps no better way for teams to adapt to the challenges of today’s unprecedented uncertainties in the marketplace than with an agile mindset and agile principles. But what, exactly, does that mean and how do you start?

We asked Klas Skogmar, an agile expert at Arkatay Consulting and a certified instructor of Celemi Agile Move™, to share his thoughts:

What does it mean to have an agile mindset?
It means that you are open to new perspectives, you trust and respect other people, and you want to iterate and experiment to learn and improve. I also think you have to be humble, open to receiving and giving feedback, and be transparent in everything you do.

What are some broad agile principles that are relevant for teams in any business?
I think reflecting and adjusting the way teams work through regular retrospectives is something that is beneficial for all teams! Another thing is to find the smallest iteration that allows the team to learn more on what to build to maximize value to stakeholders.  It’s something that all teams should strive for, even if it may be harder in some domains than others.

Why is being agile especially important in today’s business climate?
I think it has a lot to do with empowering teams to make their own decisions, promoting servant leadership rather than the typical hierarchical top-down approach to management that many organizations have.

What’s a simple way to start?
One way could be to introduce regular retrospective meetings, where the team can decide on improvements in the way they work, including defining ground rules, escalating issues to the rest of the organization, but also committing to ways of working and giving each other feedback.

Get an inside look at our virtual edition of Celemi Agile Move™ at a webinar demo coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Register here to attend!