Agile Strategy Map™

The Agile Strategy Map™ is a tool that enables a leadership team to align and coordinate their efforts both on a strategic and tactical level. Not only does it act as a guidelines for the organization’s Strategy, but it also allows you to visualize and track progress. Hence, the Agile Strategy Map supports decision making and, in accordance to our Agile approach, provides a controlled and secure way to run "Safe-to-Fail" pilots and learn from them. The Agile Strategy Map has proven to be a fundamental tool for organizational continuous improvement and it's part of the Enterprise Transition Framework™ we use with organizations that want to become more Agile.

As agile42 coaches, we found ourselves trapped too often in the believing that everything could be accomplished by sorting out what to do into a Backlog. We realized ourselves, that when it comes to coordinate efforts which require interventions in multiple parts of an organization, with multiple interdependencies, it becomes very hard to find support using a linear tool - like a Backlog - to organize the work. Backlogs are tools meant to improve focus, and concentrating on one thing after another. In some situations though - and organizational development would be one of those - you need to run multiple experiments in parallels, you need to bet on multiple horses at the same time, if you want to increase your chances to win, at least at a strategic level. Once you are clear about your priority and chances of success, then a Backlog will came on handy again.

When thinking about organizational change, we use to reflect on multiple dimensions, and as we know, changing an organization entails more than changing processes, or an organizational chart, and this type of dependencies should be more clearly visible. We needed a tool which would allow to visualize multiple dependencies at once, as well as support decision making based on options, and considering dependencies too.


Read a detailed how-to for putting your Agile Strategy Map™ to work.