Competitive Advantage is one of the most talked about areas of business growth strategies. Agile Product Development creates competitive advantage and is one of the major business growth strategies for expansion stage technology companies. Simply put, your development team can create better software faster with agile practices and your team will enjoy the approach better than the traditional waterfall approach. This is a huge advantage for companies that implement agile practices well and will quickly become a disadvantage for companies that don’t.
At OpenView Venture Partners, we have been pushing Agile and Scrum in particular for several years with great success and even recruited Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum, to be a Senior Advisor to the firm, offer regular forums and workshops, and work with our portfolio companies.
While not very many companies have access to a mentor like Jeff Sutherland, there are a lot of great resources available to help you initiate or improve your agile practices. The newest one is VersionOne’s new community site. It is full of great ideas, training, and events that can help you. Take a look and see what you think!