A New Year means new trends, and with them, fresh opportunities to innovate and grow. Agile is no different. Just as 2022 promises a new environment, it’s also sure to include new tools and ideas to help you meet its challenges.
But what is this year going to look like?
We had the same question, so we’ve done digging and put together a shortlist of things you can expect to see in 2022.
First things first, Agile is on the rise! Just ask Forbes. Flatter organizational structures, better suited for rapidly changing environments are on everyone’s mind, and for many, Agile has been the answer. Some are transformations for the first time, others are expanding Agile practices beyond smaller departments and teams within their organization who have experienced its success. Either way, more are making serious investments into restructuring their teams to be as future-proof as possible.
This year, the quest for more efficient development and production continues through continuous testing, AI, and automation. Organizations hoping to save time by minimizing mistakes and more efficiently managing roles and assignments have been investing in new practices and procedures as well as tools like Atlassian’s Jira Service Management. “Work smarter, not harder” is being taken seriously, as teams lean into more intelligent strategies and technologies designed to improve their quality of work and quality of life.
Changing Work Forces
Lastly, expect to walk into a year heavily impacted by a changing workforce. More people than ever are changing jobs and even professions. More than ever are taking remote or hybrid positions, even preferring them to traditional in-office jobs. Not only does this suggest a changing and differently qualified workforce comprised of team members with a wider variety of experiences, but those teams may be relying more heavily on technology to train and collaborate with members. We all knew paper and pen meetings are being outmoded, but with more dispersed teams, servers are being exchanged for Cloud-based systems. 2021 may have been the year of Zoom and other video call tools, but next up, we’ll be relying on work tracking, collaboration, and document sharing tools like Jira Cloud or Confluence. You may not always be sitting in the same room as your team, but your work certainly can!
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that there’s no way to know exactly what a new year is going to bring, but there are certain trends we can expect to take root. These are a few that we think are worth knowing, and even participating in, but at the end of the day, it’s about what is best for you and what will put you in the best position to adapt.
Do you have any questions about the trends expected or how to implement any of these practices, let us know!