ORGANIC agility™ expresses in a single word the fact that being agile, or becoming more agile, requires a more holistic view of an organization, which goes beyond teams, practices, or frameworks.
Becoming agile should not be a goal, but rather a means to achieve something else, to fulfill a vision or accomplish a mission. An agile organization goes beyond having agile teams delivering value.
At an organizational level, agility can provide a means for the organization to change direction very quickly at a very low cost and become resilient.
ORGANIC agility™ enables organization to become ready for the challenges of tomorrow.
Resilience is the capability that almost all organizations on the market today need to develop, and agile provides a set of values and principles that helps an organization achieve it.
Why is this new?
In the past, and still today, we saw an organization as a mechanism in which processes are developed by a group of people distributed to the employees and teams that needed to be repeatable in order to achieve control.
agile42’s view and experience is that an organization is much more like an organism. Different parts of that organism have different roles and responsibilities and can react to external impacts fast and in the best way possible. All parts gain strength through autonomy and form together an resilient Organization / Organism.
The 5 Principles of ORGANIC agility™
To help organizations achieve this higher level of resilience with the help of the Cynefin Framework, developed by Dave Snowden and still evolving through his work with Cognitive Edge, agile42 has identified 5 Principles that enables organizations to evolve to a more resilient state.