agile methodology

Why Startups Should Look to Agile Methodology When in Growth Mode

Hiring and team growth are often the first signs that a startup is advancing from the initial startup phase and advancing into a leadership position within the market. While an exciting time, these growth periods can also make or break a company without the right strategy in place.

Even though teams may still be small- to mid-sized, following agile methodology when growing a team ensures any startup is set up for success as a larger company down the road.


4 Ways to Promote Team Collaboration and Inspire Innovation Within Your Startup

First, what is an agile methodology?

Agile methodologies approach company and product development with incremental and frequent delivery of small chunks of functionality, through small cross-functional self-organizing teams, enabling frequent customer feedback and course correction as needed.

Overall, it helps companies find the right individuals across the world, no matter where they are located. Agile is also about being responsive to both market and customer needs by responding quickly and pivoting when needed.

Mastering microservice orchestration.

Microservice orchestration is a collection of small services with each service having a specific function. These service modules can’t perform well on their own and need some kind of medium so that they interact and share data.

To successfully grow and implement this methodology, companies need to manage teams as a microservice architecture: They run independently, provide services and help each team to achieve a common goal––almost like choreography.

While this architecture is easy to maintain and manage as we unify the business process at the center and in synchronous processing, it can create dependency and sole responsibility. For startups in growth mode, this is not ideal, as oftentimes growth mode can mean turnover and change in responsibilities. That’s why it’s important to remember that choreography and cross-collaboration are key.


How to Build Great Teams Within Your Startup

Creating choreography within an agile organization

As the company grows and the complexity of projects also grows, leaders often have to take a hybrid approach. It’s when the choreography helps orchestrators to make sure the services keep running smoothly. Choreography is another important function within a microservice methodology. It works to avoid dependencies while still allowing an individual structure.

This method is a decentralized way of broadcasting data and information and then using it to perform actions. That means every service has a brain of its own and does not require outside instruction.

The asynchronous approach avoids the waiting time which is experienced in orchestration due to the request/response type of processing.

Agile methodology applied in technology organizations

When learning new methodologies, it’s easiest to learn by example. At RAKwireless, this method has shown strong success with our engineering teams. For example, our engineers work on their own and/or in small units when they develop a new product. They’re given clearly defined objectives, and they set to work. Our product manager doesn’t sit next to them to review every move. When they think a product is ready for review, they submit it to the proper discussion channel, where all members can make suggestions and comments.

But at the same time, the product manager is the choreographer and is responsible for juggling many tasks at the same time, with several teams. He or she works on launch schedules for all the products, product materials and their libraries, documentation and marketing support. They are the maestro who keeps all these moving pieces running smoothly together.

This methodology can work well for startups in the growth phase because there is no single point of failure, which leads to faster processing time and each service is flexible and can be added or removed when necessary.

Startups in the growth phase need to plan carefully, and leveraging microservice architecture as part of your talent and team strategy is the best way to ensure thoughtful, organized growth of an organization.


StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here.

Total
2
Shares
Previous Article
leadership

40 Tips for Millennial Entrepreneurs to Improve Their Leadership Skills

Next Article

Entrepreneurial Studies Within MBA Programs Prepare Students for Real World

Related Posts
supply chain
Read More

How to Keep Vendors and Clients Happy During Supply Chain Hiccups

Supply chain breakdowns are happening due to global disruptions, rising costs and increased consumer expectations. Businesses can't always stop supply chain hiccups, but they can learn from them and limit their impact on vendors and clients. How a business responds to a supply chain issue can have far-flung effects. A company that is proactive and...
Read More

The Fear of Commitment: Why ‘No Obligation’ Is Music to Your Customers’ Ears

We live in a world with endless options and opportunities: where to live, where to eat, where to travel. Things to do, things to see… …Things to buy.  With so many options (and many at their fingertips), why would customers want to commit to something? They wouldn’t. And often don’t. After all, having too many...
implementing new systems
Read More

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Implementing New Systems

If your systems aren’t lean, efficient and precise, you’re wasting time and money while putting your business at unnecessary risk. If you’re going to build out new systems, you need to do it right. Avoid these nine mistakes when building new systems to transform how work gets done in your business. 1. Ignoring human nature...
Read More

How to Support Employee Mental Health and Avoid Startup Burnout

When it comes to finding the right job — and staying there — candidates are looking for a lot, especially in a virtual setting. Gone are the days where foosball tables and free snacks constituted benefits. Of course, we still love them, but there has to be more that matters. People are primarily looking to...