The Future of Agile in Africa and the Middle East

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The rate of Agile adoption across Africa and the Middle East has generally trailed behind the rest of the world.

Perhaps there is no better reflection of this than the fact that respondents from Africa made up just 2% of the respondents surveyed for the 14th Annual State of Agile Report.

We believe that Agile delivers results. We are convinced that Agile produces higher revenue growth for organizations, greater customer satisfaction, happier and more engaged employees, and speed to market which matches constantly evolving consumer needs.

Most importantly we are convinced that Agile prepares and positions organizations to respond to the highly complex and unpredictable operating environments that prevail in this age in which we find ourselves.

So we ask ourselves, why are we not seeing a greater adoption of Agile practices and principles within Africa and the Middle East? What are the challenges, mindsets, and ways of working peculiar to this region and how are they having an impact on the spread of Agile in Africa? Where are the success stories?

In order to attempt to answer these questions, we decided to begin to have a series of conversations which will encompass the views and perspectives of Agile thought leaders and experts across Africa and the world, with executives and business leaders in the private and public sector.

The Futue of Agile in Africa and the Middle EastHaving these conversations and many more will enable us to understand the current state of Agile within Africa and the Middle East and will enable us to begin to gain insights into the future of Agile in Africa and indeed, to begin to take deliberate action to shape that future.

Welcome to the Future of Agile in Africa series.

About the Author

Olusoga is an Agile consultant and Certified Scrum Master|Certified Scrum@Scale™ Practitioner with a BSc in Accounting.

He has 10+ years of work experience comprised of a brief stint in the banking and financial services sector working with Ventures & Trusts Company and Guaranty Trust Bank between 2004 and 2006. Between 2006 and 2014 he worked in the FMCG industry with Coca-Cola Nigeria and Cadbury Nigeria. In his role at Coca-Cola he was responsible for sales and volume reporting for the Equatorial Africa region covering 8 countries including Ghana, Liberia, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome & Guinea Bissau. He assumed responsibility for reporting for the Nigeria Franchise when it became a stand-alone business unit.

Olusoga has also served as a project team member for a new product launch where he was responsible for coordinating all material sourcing and procurement in collaboration with bottling partners the Nigerian Bottling Company, ensuring on-time delivery and removal of all impediments and delays.

At Cadbury Nigeria, Olusoga worked in a similar sales reporting role before transitioning to Customer Order Management, where he worked with distributors to ensure timely order placement and fulfillment in line with agreed sales targets and provide sales variance analysis vs. plan to the leadership team. He is a currently focused on helping teams achieve optimal productivity and cohesion using Agile methodologies and practices. He continually seeks ways to add value to organizations seeking to transform and position themselves to take on the challenges of the digitally disruptive age we live in.

This is an Agile Alliance community blog post. Opinions represented are personal and belong solely to the author. They do not represent opinion or policy of Agile Alliance.

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