Are You Agile Enough?

agileAgility comes in many forms, but the end result is the same. Are you a fast thinker and an even faster mover, regardless of the situation at hand? Do you have the ability to pivot, or will you forge on through your plotted route even though you’ve encountered evidence that you should change course? Remaining open-minded, quick to react and flexible are abundantly important skills in our industry, especially when we hit the notoriously challenging period between the end of summer and the beginning of the holidays.

The Agile Philosophy might have come about to assist professionals involved in software development cycles, but it applies to anyone trying to get the ball across the goal. In essence, it encourages teams that previously worked independently to come together in the pursuit of a common goal. The process relies on the full participation of all, with each individual viewed as an integral part of the team.

SMALL BITES, BIG RESULTS

From there, large tasks are broken down into easily digestible bits that are held to certain start/stop deadlines. Their progress is charted through three categories: To Do, Doing and Done. These smaller tasks are typically assigned a timeline of one to four weeks, with shorter timeframes being ideal. The collaborative approach helps the team complete tasks – and, therefore, goals – faster, while the emphasis on remaining flexible allows for creativity and changing direction when need be.

Here’s the great news about applying the Agile Philosophy to our business – we can already anticipate a few speedbumps. The end of summer always has us dragging our feet a little, so acknowledge that annual occurrence now and don’t let it become a problem for you. In terms of seasonality, it is also no surprise that the holidays, always a slow time for homebuying, will soon be here. This provides even more motivation to up your game and rile the troops.

We also know interest rates are likely to rise and prices are high in many markets, which can be interpreted in one of two ways (glass half full, glass half empty). We don’t need to prepare to pivot. Our pivot should have already happened as we prepare for a challenging period, but meet our customers’ expectations like the professionals we are. We will always have curveballs thrown our way – and we can’t predict what those will be – they’re called curveballs, after all! However, we can control how we respond to fundamental factors, and what type of game plan we put in place to get the job done!

Regional Vice President - Southwest

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