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“Exciting New Agile Trends for 2023 and Beyond “

The agile methodology has come a long way since its inception, and it continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of companies and customers. As the year 2023 is near the end, and with it comes a whole new set of trends in the agile world you need to keep on your radar for 2023 and beyond. 

Agile may evolve, but at its heart will always remain the same values of adaptability, collaboration, and a focus on continuous improvement. As an agile project manager, staying up to speed with these trends will help you guide your team to greater success. 

By embracing these trends and the core principles of agile, you’ll be poised to thrive in 2023 and beyond.

Read on to discover what agile trends you should prepare for in 2023, and how you can leverage them to enhance your agile practices. 

A quick review of Top 10 Trends in Agile to not miss in 2023

The agile methodology continues to evolve. As we head into 2023, project managers should keep an eye on emerging trends to stay ahead of the curve. Here are 10 trends in Agile worth noting:

1. Increased Focus on Customer Experience

Companies will place more emphasis on customer experience to gain a competitive advantage. Agile teams will focus on building products and services that truly meet customer needs.

2. Growth of DevOps

The DevOps movement will continue gaining momentum as a way to increase collaboration between development and IT operations teams. This helps companies deploy code changes more frequently and reliably.

3. Scaling Agile

Large enterprises will work to scale agile practices across the organization. Frameworks like the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) guide scaling agile from the team level up to the program and portfolio levels.

4. Agile Coaching

As agile adoption increases, the need for experienced agile coaches will also rise. Coaches help guide teams and organizations through agile transformations and continual improvement. They provide mentorship, advice, and support.

5. Increased Use of Hybrid Models

Companies will blend agile and traditional methodologies into hybrid models tailored to their needs. For example, combining an agile approach for product development with a waterfall method for budgeting and resource allocation.

6. Focus on Continuous Learning

Individuals and teams will pursue continuous learning to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date. This could include online courses, coaching, mentorship, peer learning, and more. Continuous learning is key to success with Agile.

7. Values and Culture

Success with agile depends on the right culture and values. Companies will work to establish values of trust, empowerment, collaboration, and continuous improvement. Cultural change may require adjustments to leadership styles, policies, incentives, and more.

8. Agile Tools and Automation

New tools and technologies will emerge to help support agile teams and processes. Things like collaboration tools, automated testing tools, continuous integration tools, and project management software with agile-specific features.

9. Distributed Teams

More teams will work in a distributed manner, with members located remotely in different cities or countries. Extra effort is needed to effectively collaborate across distances and time zones. Communication and transparency are especially important for distributed agile teams.

10. Agile Leadership

Leaders who support and trust in the agile process will be essential. They must empower teams, remove roadblocks, and serve as role models for agile values and principles. Leadership is vital to successful agile adoption and ongoing improvement.

Current State of Agile Adoption: How Far We’ve Come

The agile methodology has come a long way since the Agile Manifesto in 2001. Many organizations have adopted agile principles and frameworks like Scrum and Kanban, reaping the benefits of faster delivery, higher quality, and improved customer satisfaction.

As agile matures, new trends are emerging that project managers should keep an eye on. One is the rise of “agile at scale.” Large enterprises are figuring out how to apply agile practices across entire portfolios, programs, and teams. Scaling frameworks like SAFe, LeSS, and Nexus are gaining traction.

Another trend is the increasing popularity of DevOps. By aligning development and IT operations teams, companies can achieve continuous integration and continuous delivery of software. DevOps speeds up release cycles and reduces errors.

Agile is also extending beyond software development into other areas like marketing, HR, and finance. “Business agility” helps companies adapt quickly to changes in the market. Cross-functional teams, iterative work styles, and fast feedback loops are making their way into more parts of the organization.

Hybrid Agile Frameworks: Mixing It Up for Maximum Benefit

Hybrid Agile frameworks are emerging and mixing the best of different approaches. As a project manager, understanding these new blended methods will help you determine what will work best for your team and projects.

Some popular hybrid Agile frameworks to consider in 2023 include:

  • Scrumban: Combines Scrum and Kanban. Uses Scrum’s sprints and roles with Kanban’s focus on work-in-progress limits and continuous delivery. Great for teams transitioning from Scrum to Kanban.
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Integrates Scrum, XP, and Kanban. Divides work into multiple levels from portfolio to team. Works for enterprise-level agile adoption.
  • Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD): Integrates Scrum, XP, Kanban and many other methods. Provides a tool kit to help teams determine what’s needed for their situation. Offers flexibility and guidance.
  • Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS): Extends Scrum for scaling agile development to up to thousands of people. Keeps the framework lightweight while addressing multi-team coordination and organizational design.

The key benefits of hybrid Agile frameworks are flexibility, customization, and scalability. Teams can pick and choose the parts of different approaches that suit them best. These blended methods also provide more guidance for larger, complex projects and programs.

As project managers, we need to stay on the cutting edge of the latest Agile trends. Exploring hybrid Agile frameworks and how they can enhance your team’s way of working will help you deliver even more value in 2023 and beyond. What combination will you try?

Increased Focus on Business Agility: Aligning With Company Goals

More and more companies are realizing that business agility is key to thriving in today’s fast-paced markets. To keep up, project managers should focus on aligning agile practices with higher-level company goals in 2023.

Business objectives drive priorities

Rather than rigidly following a set agile process, teams need to understand the company’s key objectives and priorities to determine how to best achieve them. This could mean adapting standard agile ceremonies or re-prioritizing features and user stories to deliver the most value. Ask yourself how each sprint and release helps achieve critical business goals.

Collaborate beyond the team

Agile teams often work in isolation, but for true business agility, more collaboration is needed. Project managers should connect teams across the organization, facilitating information sharing and alignment. Look for opportunities to synchronize work across teams, gain input from other parts of the business, and ensure all efforts are focused on top priorities.

Measure and optimize

The only way to know if agile practices are driving business results is through measurement and optimization. Project managers must work with product owners and leadership to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) and then track progress against them. Be willing to experiment with different approaches and make changes to continually improve. It’s an iterative process.

Evolve roles and responsibilities

Traditional agile roles like scrum master and product owner may need to evolve to support business agility. Project managers should evaluate whether these roles have the decision-making authority and organizational purview they need. If not, work with leadership to expand responsibilities. New roles like business agility coaches could also emerge to help facilitate alignment and optimize value delivery across teams.

The companies that will thrive over the next few years are those that can respond quickly to change and continually maximize their value to customers. By focusing agile teams on business objectives, facilitating collaboration, measuring results, and evolving roles, project managers can help achieve the organizational agility required to compete and win.


So there you have it, the top trends in agile that are going to shake up the project management world in 2023 and beyond. If you want to stay ahead of the curve and set your teams up for success, start preparing now to implement these methodologies. Continuous improvement, increased transparency, and a focus on psychological safety will help your teams thrive. 

Don’t get left behind – the future of agile is here and now is the time to embrace it. What do you think, are you ready to take your agile practices to the next level? The tools and knowledge are out there, you just have to be willing to take that first step into the agile future. Here’s to an innovative and productive 2023!

Till then keep learning, be open to new ideas, and embrace change—that’s the agile way!

FAQs:   Common Questions About Agile Trends in 2023

As agile practices become more widespread, project managers often have questions about the latest trends. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about agile trends in 2023:

What new agile frameworks are emerging?

Two popular agile frameworks gaining more attention are Scrumban, which combines Scrum and Kanban, and SAFe, the Scaled Agile Framework. Scrumban provides more flexibility than Scrum, while still having fixed sprint lengths. SAFe helps scale agile practices across large organizations.

How is AI impacting agile?

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are making their way into agile software development. AI can help with tasks like optimizing sprint planning, monitoring progress, and detecting roadblocks. Some companies are experimenting with AI that can review code and detect defects. AI may even participate in daily stand-ups and update task boards in the future.

What new agile tools should I know about?

Project managers should keep an eye on agile project management tools with built-in AI and automation features. Tools like Anthropic, PBC, Sprintly, and Agile in a Box are using AI to streamline agile processes. They can automatically update burndown charts, reschedule unfinished work, and more. These AI-powered tools aim to save project managers time so they can focus on high-value work.

How will agile evolve beyond software development?

Agile started in software development but is spreading to other areas like marketing, HR, and product development. Companies are finding agile principles and frameworks useful for managing uncertainty and accelerating delivery in many disciplines. In 2023, expect agile to become more widely adopted across whole organizations rather than just in IT and software teams. The future is agile!

Sumit Malviya

Sumit Malviya

Sumit is an experienced copywriter and marketer with diversified expertise in writing for the IT, media, and B2B marketing industries. He writes stories, mostly the tech ones, to explain complex technology to simple humans.

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