Agile is increasingly reliant on effective execution for scale driven transformation. In order to reap the real benefits of Agile, it’s essential to design the right framework within the enterprise. Implementing an Enterprise Agile Model requires the right blueprint that can be customized to the structure of the organization.
Having an adaptable approach is key when it comes to Agile transformation. Each area of the organization, from project management to delivery execution, is enhanced through the adoption of Agile. That’s why it’s important to design a scalable Agile framework that fits in perfectly with your organization.
Every member of the organization must also be aligned with the mission statement of Agile methodology while implementing technological additions to streamline the transition. Decision-makers need to design a scalable framework through which organizations can operate long-term.
The success of the Agile transformation also depends heavily on the success of the integration of the methodology. That’s why every team member, from the leadership space to the ground-level execution space, needs to be aligned to the philosophy of Agile.
Agile transformation: understanding the opportunity
For organizational buy-in, and effective execution, it’s important to understand the opportunity that Agile presents. Agile can enhance your organization at an operational level, as well as at a strategic level. Some of the largest organizations in the world, including Netflix, Disney, and IBM, are leveraging the power of Agile across various domains such as new product development, digital transformation, and resource optimization.
Close to 70% of leading decision-makers focus on cost reduction as a critical reason for the adoption of Agile practices. The methodology dramatically reduces cost across the board, which is why organizations are keen on adopting the approach. From technology to team development, Agile allows companies to create maximum utilization of their resources.
Agile also allows greater collaboration between teams, which expedites new product development and innovation. Teams can share key insights, along with developing novel solutions to complex problems. Members of the organization can chime in with nuanced ideas to add value across every segment of the organization.
It’s also essential to be truly Agile from the ground-up. Agile is more than a few sprints or time boxes. It’s an organization-level transformation in the way that business is executed.
It requires a fundamental shift in the way that the organization develops new products, interacts with customers, and flags bugs on new features.
That’s why organizations need to fully understand the benefits of adopting Agile so that they have inherent incentives built into the transformational process. As the protocol develops further, it will require greater attention, resources, and human resources to execute. This is where having a clear goal and vision will become increasingly important.
Formulating the right organisational goals for Agile transformation
Designing the right Agile framework requires a focus on the purposes of the transformation. A clear vision, coupled with key objectives, can streamline the transformation process for your enterprise. From creating the right sprints to formulating the correct ceremonies, a core Agile transformation is incomplete without the right goals.
The right Agile goal revolves around the comprehensive transformation of the workflows, technologies, and talent within the organization. Key goals such as sustainable development, process optimization, and new product innovation can form the basis of your Agile transformation framework.
Additionally, the challenge when forming the right framework is to align well with the goals set. Organizations tend to become too rigid in their approach, leaving little room in their framework for innovation. That’s why an adaptable Agile framework needs to be aligned well with an organizational goal that works for everyone.
Designing the dynamic organization
The right goals will also have to be set alongside an enterprise-wide transformation of practices and hierarchies. Silos may not be the best approach when working with the Agile model, which is why a flexible and blended strategy will be the best way forward.
Enterprises need to become more dynamic to truly become Agile long-term. By reducing the bottlenecks present within the organization, companies can become more Agile by opening lines of communication. Each project can get multiple lines of inputs from various stakeholders within the firm. Additionally, new ideas can spring into action that much faster when there is less of a hierarchy curbing innovation at the ground level.
A key characteristic of the dynamic organization is the role of the employee. Research from McKinsey & Co shows that while organizations believe that 68% of their employees need to be Agile, only about 44% of them are aligned with the methodology. For an Agile transformation to successfully take place, the right training needs to be designed into the process.
Through the meticulous development of a dynamic organization, employees will inevitably become more productive. With the introduction of Agile, focused technology, across project management and communication, employees will be able to align themselves with Agile better. Leadership plays an important role in the transformation as well, which is why having Agile-first leaders is key.
Defining the right roles
When designing the right framework, it’s important to consider the roles of your employees. Each scrum master and project owner will have their own duties to perform during the project’s various stages. While subject matter experts are key, it’s important to have smaller teams lead by competent leaders as well.
Sprints become highly optimized when the right roles are assigned to each team member. These teams then form the foundation of your Agile framework and set the right intention for the rest of your organization. An Agile framework is incomplete without an extensive network of the right individuals (remote or on-site).
A clear North Star is the key to formulating a good framework within the Agile model, but the quality talent is important to see that vision to fruition. Additionally, it’s important for the roles to be defined early on so that there is transparency in execution and a clear objective assigned to each individual or team.
Having the right culture is key to a successful Agile transformation, which is why the right framework captures the shift necessary within the culture of the firm. From setting the right incentives to designing extensive training programs, it’s important to focus on the culture of the organization when leveraging Agile as an asset.
Adapting the framework to your enterprise
While there are multiple frameworks under Agile, such as SAFe, RAD, FDD, and XP, every enterprise needs to develop its version of a concrete framework. This will help integrate the framework better while giving a more customized feel to the methodology selected.
Depending on the company size, project type, available resources, and needs of the clients, either framework can be adopted and expanded. Teams that prefer upfront planning and process dependencies can go for a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) variant to suit their needs.
Alignment and quality production are two of the most important values to have within the organization. While the SAFe model accounts for these principles, your organization can adopt them along with other key values that can maximize your business growth. Smaller firms may even benefit from a stronger focus on project execution.
Additionally, it’s important to introduce transparency and lean methodologies into your business infrastructure. By having a transparent Kanban board and opting for lean solutions development, your organization can reap the rewards of Agile transformation much faster. All processes are that much more optimized when there is transparency in work performed, and solutions delivered on key tasks.
Technology as an enabler of Agile transformation
When designing your Agile framework, it’s important to consider the positive impact of adopting technology early on. Key tools, such as project management, workflow optimization, and team communication, can be incorporated to make your transformation process streamlined. Cloud-based solutions will help in expanding your framework and blueprint across the global enterprise network.
Next-generation technology is important to form the basis of Agile transformation due to its radical connectivity and optimization advantages. A simple Kanban board can completely transform the way that your enterprise performs everyday tasks. Other white-labelled solutions can be designed to improve process flows and productivity across the enterprise.
The ROI on technology integration outweighs the resources required to complete the adoption. That’s why technology is critical to forming the basis of your enterprise Agile transformation framework. Additionally, technology enhancement is a premier method to cultivating the right approach from inception. Companies that leverage the power of innovative technologies are able to adopt Agile at a faster rate than traditionally inclined firms.
Technology can also aid in the rapid learning side of the Agile model. Customer insights can be fed into AI-driven systems, while the debugging process can be automated at scale. Interactions can also be studied across a wide range of platforms, to create new insights into existing markets.
Integrating innovative technology can also help in eliminating institutional barriers, to allow for greater connectivity within the enterprise. Technology can also help in improving the quality of your production, enhance productivity, and reduce cost significantly. It’s a fundamental pillar that helps enterprises achieve Agile fluency within its foundation.