Agile: a culture mindset for IT services, not a just a framework.

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Polarising’s Academies have a comprehensive training program that prepares you to work on diverse implementations in a nearshore model. It’s an opportunity to take on challenging projects using market-leading technologies we use:

  • JAVA,
  • Springboot,
  • Angular,
  • and TIBCO BusinessWorks 5.

But technology is also about customer satisfaction and the continuous delivery of valuable software. That’s where our Agile skills come in, being one important module of Polarising’s training since it’s usually the graduates first contact with the methodology.

I’m not a teacher and when you are stepping out of your comfort zone it’s essential to make sure that you know which way leads to what, and what are the rebounds of these ways.

Because of this, and together with Polarising’s Agile team, I’ve been developing content to make sure that all newcomers are enlightened about what ways they might find ahead as future Software Developers.

Become what you wish: Agile!

Agile has a lot to do with life: if you don’t make rules to manage and balance your agenda, any daily task can easily become dauting leading to stress and frustration. Through agile techniques you can plan, set goals, and adapt as you go.

Same as in software development; the Agile methodology is an approach to project management that potentiates more flexibility, and better results for the business and for its customers.

There is no perfect formula to make a business successful. In fact, there are situations where traditional methodologies (like Waterfall) are more welcome than Agile ones.

The main problem with applying traditional methodologies nowadays is that they imply old principles and old-fashioned ideas, such as the need of having something “written in stone” to make it a statement of truth.

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Change can be Agile.

My main goal with showing how we work at Polarising and what Agile offers is to make sure that, despite of the agile framework we use, Agile brings new principles and ideals, such as:

1. create trust across your IT team.
This means that each one is accountable for what develops. There’s no need to establish stone marks on e-mails to prove that someone may be right or wrong because everyone works towards a common goal.

2. reformulate what was.
Agile is the way of being flexible, when there is something that once made sense but does not bring any value to a client anymore, hence, needing to be reformulated.

3. focus on small business goals.
The possibility to deliver in short iterations making the client’s feedback welcome, which results in a synergy that allows for the client to actually feel part of your team.

It is most essential to make sure that everyone knows that Agile is not just a framework, but instead it is a way of adapting your mentality to most suited situations.

Showing them that here at Polarising we work as a team, where commitment and trust are not just buzzwords, but concepts applied despite of the framework we use.

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Can you tell if your company is Agile?

In reality, Agile doesn’t solve all our problems: at all. But it offers interesting tools to create synergies early on.

As in all companies, people are what makes the difference between different methodologies, and as previously mentioned, these newcomers bring fresh and clean ideas that make the Agile mindset grow.

These workshops are focused on working on how their doubts will help them break some culturaly traditional boundaries (still). And therefore, their feedback is so important because it incorporates those doubts and unreferenced ideas, making your company grow on this mindset and, at the same time, making people feel more appreciated.

Polarising’s Champions Academy Agile training.

“I had the opportunity to acquire and consolidate concepts about the most adopted management methodology nowadays, Agile. The group dynamics and the speaker’s experience, as well as the Academy environment overall, was paramount to ensure that the knowledge was passed in a professional, yet casual and relaxed way.” (Francisco Guedes, September Champions Academy)

If you’re starting and wish to join a company that promotes an agile culture, Polarising has one of the best Academy programs. I’m glad I got the chance to be part of it more as a coach than a simple Business Analyst on the job.

Daniel Machado
Business Analyst at Polarising

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