At Enigma Consulting, we have embraced several Agile values and principles that form the bedrock of our culture. These core values guide our actions, behaviours, and decision-making processes, shaping how we work and deliver value to our customers. Here are the key Agile values and principles that are deeply ingrained in our organisation:
Empowerment and Self-Organisation: We champion self-organising teams, empowering our members to take ownership of their work. This culture of trust and empowerment underpins our team dynamics, promoting collective responsibility and accountability.
Continuous Improvement: Embracing a culture of learning and continual improvement, we regularly reflect on our processes and use feedback to drive enhancements. We believe that every challenge presents an opportunity to learn, grow, and iterate.
Technical Excellence: As much as we value Agile practices, we also emphasise technical ability. We are committed to continuous training and skill development to ensure our teams can deliver quality, technologically advanced solutions.
Individuals and Interactions: Above all, we value the power of individuals and their interactions. We prioritise human engagement over strict processes and tools, believing that successful projects stem from strong, effective relationships among team members.
Customer Collaboration: We foster a culture of collaboration, particularly with our customers. By incorporating their feedback and understanding their needs deeply, we are better equipped to deliver solutions that truly align with their expectations.
Transparent Decision-Making: We promote transparency in all our operations, from daily processes to high-level decision-making. By including all stakeholders in these processes, we ensure that decisions are informed, inclusive, and align with our goals.
Working Software: Our focus is always on delivering tangible, working software that meets our customers’ needs. While we appreciate the importance of documentation, we are acutely aware that the ultimate objective is to create functional products that provide value to our customers.
Lean Processes: We strive for lean and efficient operations, working to minimise waste and maximise value delivery. Our focus is always on delivering the most valuable features to our customers in the most efficient manner possible.
Response to Change: We embrace adaptability, recognising that change is an inherent aspect of any project. We value the ability to pivot and adjust our strategies based on evolving customer needs and feedback.
Iterative and Incremental Development: Our development approach is iterative and incremental. We divide complex projects into manageable parts, enabling early and frequent delivery of value while being flexible to changes and refinements.
Failing Forward: We embrace a “fail forward” mindset, recognising that failure is a stepping-stone to success. We encourage risk-taking and learning from failures, fostering a culture that promotes innovation and continuous improvement.
Being agile is more than using a set of tools for us; it is about inculcating a mindset of flexibility, collaboration, and customer-centricity. We aim to guard against ‘cargo cult’ Agile signs and traditional hierarchical proposals masquerading as Agile. Instead, we commit to true Agile values, continually shaping our culture to emphasise open communication, transparency, collective responsibility, and, most importantly, delivering customer value.