Productive anytime, anywhere!
Agile working incorporates dimensions of time and place flexibility, but also involves doing work differently focusing on performance and outcomes – it is transformational. The Agile Future Forum considers these practices across the 4 dimensions of time (when do people work?), location (where do people work?), role (what do people do?) and source (who carries out work?).
Not reinventing the wheel
Agile working is not new, but it is a “new way of working”. It can certainly be included under the umbrella term “smart working”, which is about utilising the benefits gained from changing work practices, deploying new technologies and creating new working environments. Behind the dissemination of new ways of working are progressive improvement in mobile, wireless and fixed-line technology and related investments in fibre, bandwidth, server capacity, device capability, cloud computing and unified communication (or convergence). In fact, the network or the digital world is increasingly seen as the place of work with the consequent rise of people working in the “clouds” or “virtual world”.
Agile working is about bringing people, processes, connectivity and technology, time and place together to find the most appropriate and effective way of working to carry out a particular task. It's working within guidelines (of the task) without boundaries (of how to achieve it).
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