Our ability to produce is only limited by our production capacity. Sounds like a simple concept, but one that is often forgotten. Whether a small business or full blown enterprise, everything that is produced, product or service, should be build upon an agile design that allows for growth – for it is our production capacity that allows us to do what we do today and tomorrow.
Agile design is about strong, fast, and flexible workflows and processes. The traditional model of workflow processes can be seen below.
In contrast agile design focuses on the maintenance and long term capabilities of a project. The benefit is gained in the long term and the savings from needing to redesign a site or application every year or so. In addition, agile design forces a team to make stronger more confident decisions because of the short timelines. There is less time to go back, make revisions or change direction of a project. This directly lowers overall costs of projects that are done through agencies.
So how does agile design affect production capacity? It doesn’t appear like I can make more of something than compared to the traditional model. Based on the diagram alone, it may seem that way, however the long stretch of maintenance in agile design processes includes the ability to increase the output as time goes on – and thus your production capacity. where as the traditional model you are forced to stay within your original production capacity, which implies you will probably have to fork out a ton of money to do major upgrades.
More information on agile design can be found in this article by Six Revisions as well as other popular sources on design.