First of all, let us congratulate you. 

Not because you made it through the year; but because you are now fully ready for the brand new world that will unfold in the coming year.

After the COVID-19 shake up, agile has become the only rational way of doing work even in traditional organisations. Overnight, agile adoption rates increased to 86% across all industry sectors. As a result, we have successfully avoided yet another financial crisis.

And now, it’s time for us to capitalize on this momentum and capture the benefits of being truly agile. With more people taking their exposure to the next level, agile is all set to reshape workplaces, workflows and operating models.

In this article, we'll explore how agile is going to trend in the coming year, affecting individuals and organizations on a much larger scale.

Increased Focus on Agile Governance

With most businesses entering the digital world, business leaders are now scaling agile beyond software teams and departments. To oversee such shifts, organizations are setting up an Agile Centre of Excellence (Agile CoE) comprising coaches, senior leaders and change agents. This in-house consulting body advocates for it’s people’s learning needs and governs transformation across teams.

Since many organizations are only in the initial phase of scaling agile, building a strong Agile CoE is our immediate priority. We will see these teams holding higher stakes within the organization very soon this decade. But as far 2022 is concerned, at least one out of every three companies will have gone fully agile on the backs of their Agile Governance Teams.

The Arrival & Thrival of Agile HR

We often hear people say that their teams are already working in agile models, but the management is still thinking Waterfall. HR is one such function that hasn’t yet come to terms with agile methodologies even though it's getting their people to learn, adapt, and engage in work. The idea of relying on a framework over a policy may seem a little eccentric, but that’s where HR is headed right now.

HR has traditionally been a service oriented function and not product based function which explains the resistance so far. But recent technological developments have added numerous products to the HR portfolio. Functions like hiring, onboarding, learning and payroll happen all round the year and are in continuous need for various products. When an unprecedented change happens, HRs must attend all those mandatory functions along with change management, employee experience and business continuity challenges.

So, operating in silos amid shifting paradigms is not going to be enough. That’s why agile product management is coming for HR and will become a major business trend in 2022 inspiring more leaders and organisations to become fully agile.

Enhancing Agile Remote Work

Thanks to technology, the lockdowns couldn't disconnect us from each other. We were able to collaborate and work together across greater distances today. We have more than explored remote work in the past two years. We have experienced both the upsides and downsides of it and settled on a more comfortable hybrid workplace.

In 2022, we will see companies and organisations putting conscious efforts to enhance collaborations for agile remote work. With the help of digital technolgy, companies like Scrum Alliance and Scaled Agile are already championing virtual training. The fact that working from remote locations does not actually hamper the quality of agile projects is making it much more necessary. 

Moreover, managers are able to define KPIs, measure outcomes, communicate goals and enhance virtual collaborations within teams. The good news is that we now have the technology and tools for effective collaborations and they are more affordable than ever. The work that we do is already digital.  Even if the omicron variant triggers yet another covid wave, hybrid workplaces will only become more collaborative.

Increase in Demand for Agile Tools & Professionals

Some existing tools like Atlassian, JIRA and Trello are already growing in terms of user numbers, which indicates the increased enthusiasm for internal project communications for businesses around the world. As organisations become increasingly reliant on technology, it’s only fair to assume that their tools would also need regular upgrades.

With the advancement in technology, companies are turning towards more complex applications to help them remain on top of their ladders. Very soon, we will witness the trend of customization of these tools based on user priorities. 

Also, the demand for agile careers has reached a new all time high in the recent past. Professionals from various backgrounds and experiences and taking agile to unexplored territories. This also accelerates the trend for building more vibrant tools for users.

Using AI for Agile Project Management

Merging artificial Intelligence (AI) and agile practises together has been a major topic of discussion within organisations. The purpose of both AI and agile is the same; getting high quality work done in less time and gaining profits on the go. So their meet-cute is definitely going to be the beginning of a happy ever after.

With machine learning and AI already paving the way for accurate decision making, it’s only time before we start using AI to build and deliver agile products. For example, we can configure a bot to send daily reports about your projects or potential risks. Once AI expands its data storage capabilities, we will be able to feed specific information and receive insights on how to improve productivity. Which means measuring progress, tracking results and retaining feedback will happen in a click. And at that moment, agile cyber security will also be a major topic of discussion.

Until then, Watch out for Developing Agile Trends

Being unaware of what lies ahead is asking for trouble and disadvantage. Whether you’re an experienced agile professional or a newbie, staying abreast of these developing trends is necessary for career growth. With plenty of resources at your disposal, investing time in learning about how agile is trending in the workplace will better equip you for higher rewards and growth opportunities.