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World Agility Forum nominates PickMe for Best Agile award

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Although PickMe did not bag the award this year, it was the only Sri Lankan organization picked by the Forum to compete against these conglomerates for their agile thinking.

Speaking about the nomination, Chief Executive Officer of PickMe, Zulfer Jiffry says the feat was possible because of the capability of the PickMe app to pivot and expand.

“Before COVID-19 became a local phenomenon, customers used our app mostly for travelling and food deliveries. But in order to stay relevant to our employees, partners, community and government in these pandemic times, we had to come up with a viable plan which would benefit all stakeholders. While we did all this with an absolutely dedicated team, it is heartening to gain recognition for our work by a prestigious entity like the World Agility Forum who thought us worthy to compete against the world’s most agile and innovative organizations.”

The World Agility Forum is an annual event that brings together organizations and their leaders who excel in using agile thinking to reinvent their businesses, and take them to greater heights.

The selection criteria for nominees for the ‘Best Agile Transformation Initiative’ award are their visible transformation at all levels through the application of an agile mindset. Speaking of the nomination, Chief Technology Officer of PickMe, Mithila Somasiri, said, “Over the past two years, we’ve actively worked towards improving our development processes by incorporating agile practices. The idea of being agile refers to organizing large groups of people into effective teams. In doing so, allowing them to operate in a dynamic environment, without losing productivity, and responding to changes rapidly.”

Mithila added that the agility concept is all about trusting people and the process and respecting delivery commitments. “It is this discipline that enables us to deliver more in an ever-changing environment. Our Marketplace feature, hosts 500+ merchants and has served over 1 million households islandwide since its launch.”

The Chief Technology Officer says their development teams began adopting the methodology and the company’s senior leadership supported it all the way.”

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