Ann Marie Puig


Ann Marie Puig provides insight into why Scrum and Agile are important in business

Companies are increasingly betting on different working methods that allow employees to work in a comfortable and efficient environment. In the context of the digital age, the need arises to implement the Agile Methodology as a way to improve the quality of the product and service while reducing time and costs. Ann Marie Puig, a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist from Costa Rica, explains why Scrum and Agile are beneficial for a company’s success.

Agile Methodologies refer to the whole set of actions that are beneficial to the company. It is about implementing methods that facilitate the management of teams in evolving environments and that help improve the quality of the business and action times, strengthen the commitment of workers and increase productivity. Obviously, all are positive results for both the company and the team.

There are several ways to work Agilely, but they all have the same objective: to work flexibly, autonomously and efficiently, reducing costs and increasing your productivity. Asserts Puig, “The function of Agile methodologies is to find ways of working that adapt to the conditions of the projects. At the same time, it must provide more flexibility to the internal processes and adapt them to the particular requirements of each team.”

The methodologies used in Agile project management (such as Scrum, XP or Kanban) follow a model of continuous improvement, flexible and with clear objectives that seek good quality results. All these methodologies were born thanks to the development of software, which facilitates work processes. For example, tasks as simple as communicating to deliver a job were not so years ago, with traditional work models. Now, with Agile methodologies, all of these practices have become easy and quick. As a result of the birth of Agile projects, we see better-achieved results and more motivation among workers.

The Agile Manifesto emerged almost two decades ago, when 17 programming experts met to share their ideas on improving team management under fundamental values that are closer to a change of thinking and business culture than to methodologies that do not take into account the quality of the team or the client. “Values are related to customer satisfaction through the early and continuous delivery of valuable software,” adds Puig, “promoting sustainable development or using effective methods of communication between team members.”

The reason why thousands of companies already use this methodology can only be one: the great advantages it offers. The speed of Agile projects also helps to save on costs. We work within a model that has set goals, with times, costs and forecasts before external factors. The great advantage of the Agile methodology is that it is fast and efficient and therefore, the results will be better. The core of the software is the great capacity to accelerate processes and make them more efficient. The model works on partial deliveries of the product, with monitoring that allows the detection of failures in time and improvements in short periods of time.

The result of the above feature is the detection of errors and failures, which will help to have quality products and a high technological level. Being able to work in short terms of time allows you to pay more attention to the product, the customer will appreciate it and save on costs.

Since a few years ago, the demand for related profiles in the Agile field such as Agile coach, Scrum Master, Project Manager or the Product Owner, has seen an increase of almost 50%. This is revealed by one of the graphs of an Infojobs 2018 report. Of course, given the high demand, the level of competition is medium-low. If you are also interested in working within the field of project management, you need specific training such as the Master in Agile Project Management from IEBS Business School.

Digital Transformation has caused a break in the labor paradigm. More and more new profiles are emerging that require trained and flexible professionals with continuous training. Without a doubt, ignoring the work of these new jobs means falling behind in the strategy and wasting a competitive advantage provided by human capital.