Using Agile to build an RPA Center of Excellence at scale

Yes, today’s businesses are increasingly focused on RPA for business processes and IT applications. But what does Agile have to do with it?

How can your enterprise automation journey incorporate powerful approaches, strategic partnerships, differentiating technologies and digital skills? How can you implement RPA in a way that engages your client and helps ensure accuracy and flexibility?

Embrace an Agile approach. Agile is a set of values and principles that drive how teams manage implementations, and it’s a powerful enabler for RPA. The benefits of Agile are:

  • Constant visibility into the project throughout the RPA lifecycle
  • Highest risk managed at the project’s start, and reduced risk at subsequent stages (contrary to a traditional waterfall approach)
  • Flexibility to quickly adapt to changing environments
  • Use of short development cycles to deliver viable, iterative products

Using Agile to build large-scale Centers of Excellence (CoEs)

Clients often seek large-scale RPA implementations within automation CoE frameworks—requiring seamless orchestration between multiple moving pieces. Agile’s signature component, a scrum approach that breaks work into small iterations, is a game changer. Scrum delivers value to clients faster while capturing feedback to use in the next iteration—and helps ensure that the project’s long-term goals are being met at every step.

What does a scrum approach look like? It typically includes:

  • Establishing a common understanding of requirements and objectives
  • Defining the overall scope of the project
  • Planning necessary iterations (sprints)
  • Dividing sprints into specific requirements and accomplishments
  • Setting daily scrum meetings for real-time effective coordination
  • Hosting retrospectives at the end of each sprint

Additional Agile practices include frequent playbacks and peer reviews. And instant collaboration tools, like Slack, promote team collaboration and timely knowledge sharing.

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