The benefits of an agile team in different industries

by | 11.11.2014
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Does this sound familiar? The need to stream-line. The need to be more efficient. The need to be more productive.

We frequently see businesses being driven by the need to do more, and to do it better. And in order to achieve this they need to improve their efficiency and increase their productivity.

It’s no surprise that the companies that do this the best are the companies who are the most effective communicators. This is why we’re seeing a global trend across all sectors of more businesses adopting an agile approach to the way they work.

So what is agile? Agile is an internationally recognized methodology which has emerged from software development. The Agile Manifesto puts individuals and interactions over processes and tools, working software over comprehensive documentation, customer collaboration over contract negotiation, and responding to change over following a plan.

This manifesto, and the practices that have arisen from it, have been adopted by other industries, and are being used for managing products, product development and creating organisational ‘Agility’ in a fast-changing business environment.

And when it comes to applying it to teams, it’s communication that forms the bedrock

Agile Teams

The beauty of agile methods is they allow organisations to respond to change, to continuously improve and they empower individuals as well as emphasise collaboration.

Using this methodology to shape and run teams helps to save time and improve productivity. When it comes to managing staff, we believe in putting the right people, in the right place, at the right time. Whether it’s a front of house hotel team, a shop floor team in a high street store or the team in a busy bar, these methods all deliver results.

A successful team is one that is:

  • Open and collaborative
  • Skilled and knowledgeable
  • Efficient and productive
  • Motivated and happy
  • Dynamic and self-organising

Add this to a team that has a clear structure, a shared purpose and effective communication, and you have a team that constantly delivers.

Applying innovation

Advances in technology and software development are being applied by companies to help them achieve the framework needed for a successful team.

For example, it’s now possible for companies to optimise their schedule or rota with just one-click and then to devolve the power of making any changes to it to their staff. Alongside this, companies are using task management systems and integrated messaging tools to communicate clearly, regularly and effectively with their teams.

Running this all ‘under one roof’ with a cloud-based workforce management system that’s accessible via desktop and mobile is allowing companies to save hours and hours of time each week. They’re using this time saving to grow, develop and expand their businesses.

The Mary Rose Museum, in Portsmouth, UK, are using Quinyx as their workforce management solution. Paul Griffiths, Head of Operations, says the flexibility it gives them and the time it saves them is having huge impacts.

We specialise in helping people like you and businesses like yours have more time, be more productive and, ultimately, save money.

We’d love to help you and are delighted to offer you a free trial of our workforce management software.

It's time to do things differently

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