Your Agile Change
You can't buy Agile. Becoming an resilient organisation and adapt an Agile way of working requires a shift in mindset and culture. People need to communicate differently; collaboration between teams will change; and managers will have to become Agile leaders. Our focus is on the business success of our customers. Our coaches have seen and supported many companies in becoming Agile and can quickly recognize gaps in the system, communication failures and technologies that might be posing problems.
For a long time organizations have been seen more as machines, in which processes are repeatable and once set always the same. At agile42 we rather compare a company with an organism which grows, changes and becomes resilient against external influences.
Agile unique to you
Teams and organizations have their own unique reasons for wanting to become Agile. Reasons such as higher efficiency, better team performance, faster delivery and many others are often stated. What ever your reason, Agile will bring you better collaboration, communication and transparency. However, let it be said: There is no blueprint to becoming Agile. As your team or organization is unique, so too will be your Agile implementation.
Are you ready for the Agile change?
Agile has much to do with focus, adaptability, discipline, structure and... yes, also the readiness and willingness to challenge the status quo. The unique environment, culture, relationship, maturity and market situation of your organization determines the focus and effort needed to make an Agile transition successful.
Most important is that you do not underestimate the complexity and impact of the change you are considering.
In order to reach your goals with more predictability, to create a motivating work environment and to strengthen your position in the market – to name just some of the benefits of becoming Agile – you will need to think far beyond product development. You will need to learn what are the “right things to do” and how to reach a sustainable continuous improvement.
Agile within an organization
Becoming Agile an organization initiates a change within the organizational culture. This requires embracing a different set of values and principles, and thereby establishing a mindset strongly focused on collaboration and delivering customer value.
For an organization to function properly and with a high level of efficiency, all dimensions need to be considered and aligned. The goal is to reduce process overhead as much as possible and create an environment of continuous improvement.
Agile within a team
At a team level Agile manifests itself by allowing a group of people to grow together through collaboration – by committing as a whole to a common and shared goal. Agile creates new responsibilities, clarifies expectations and provides a working environment which is based on trust and transparency. The framework Scrum is often used to support the Agile way of working, as well as Kanban and XP, among others.