WHAT IS AGILE?
Put simply, Agile is all about empowering people to deliver value and innovation.
"Within two months of engaging AgileXperts, our teams were offering positive impressions about the value the new ways of working were having on their attitude and work".
- Dr Andy Boud, President, ImmersaView
What is Agile?
Agile helps improve your business processes.
Agile is a philosophy that has traditionally been applied in software development teams, but is increasingly being used in all areas of business to foster flexibility, fast extraction of value and acceptance of changing targets. Read the Agile Manifesto (and Principles) here. It enables teams to cope with changing business goals. Growing Agile involves changing culture, processes and technology, the outcome of which will be a business unit that works faster, better and cheaper.
Agile projects are delivered via self-managed teams and in incremental steps. Agile-driven projects are iterative, so they permit business value to be achieved incrementally from the start of the project. As the needs of the business change through the delivery of the project timeline, so too can the Agile team deliverables change. An Agile project focuses on business value, people, collaboration, and incremental outcomes, as opposed to fixed targets, exact processes and expansive documentation.
Agile is for companies who have dynamic markets and changing business conditions (that means all companies in today's world). In order for a company to sell a product or service (be it a bank loan, insurance policy, a piece of fruit at a supermarket or a piece of fried chicken), their systems need to be developed/configured to support that product/service. The speed by which a business can adapt to its market is therefore directly determined by the speed the business can change its systems. Agile increases the speed of adoption of change to all organisations.
Its time to consider Agile, if your organisation:
seeks to optimise output of teams;
operates in a dynamic market which demands ongoing innovation and change in its product/service being sold;
currently works with uncertain customer requirements;
perceives configuration of systems or processes a real constraint in terms of speed or flexibility;
has a team of at least five individuals; and/or
desires improved collaboration within and across teams.
It is important to note that Agile is a philosophy, NOT a method. Because of this, it is flexible and it can be implemented in many ways.
The outcomes you can expect from adopting an Agile philosophy and growing Agile culture and processes include:
quick and flexible system changes;
relentless improvement of ways of working;
flexible and value-focused delivery scope;
increased productivity through enhanced teamwork and motivation;
earlier business value extraction and customer satisfaction;
minimised risks of change; and
higher collaboration and motivation in your teams.
Business Agility Assessment
An interesting thing about Business Agility is that scaling it from the bottom up does not work. The Performance Triangle is a dynamic model for people-centric leadership in an unpredictable environment. It identifies the critical linkages between the elements of organisational agility that make up team capabilities. Culture, leadership and systems at the points of the triangle inexorably link to success. Relationship, purpose and collaboration connect the angles. The combination of all triangle elements represents a systemic and integrated model on how to think about the agile design of organisations.
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