Do you consider Agile frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban and SAFe to be a viable option for dealing with increasingly unpredictable market conditions? We have helped our corporate clients overcome the challenges of introducing and maintaining agility and become a more adaptable organization. As Scrum Master, Agile Master or Agile Transformation Lead, we take accountability for organizational effectiveness.
Our past assignments in the area of Agile Mastery included the following typical situations:
The “Agile Kickstart” situation
The complexity of introducing Agile can best be compared to learning a new language: In addition to “following the rules” (aka grammar), a sense of cultural context and empathy are essential to achieve fluency quickly. Organizations tend to neglect the latter part at the beginning of their Agile journey and are often stuck in a rather useless mechanistic way of working instead of leveraging the principles of Agile. We help our corporate clients “get Agile right” from the start, and guide individuals and teams through the deciding first phase of adopting Agile.
The “Agile Mindset” situation
Most organizations are used to focussing on industrial-age efficiency to meet their financial goals. In contrast, Agility emphasizes effectiveness, with efficiency being a lagging effect rather than the main goal. This leads to a conflict of mindsets throughout the company: Middle management in particular, traditionally planning with efficiency in mind, are suspected of not having an “Agile mindset”. We have helped our corporate clients balance effectiveness and efficiency and align the organization to common objectives.
The “Agile Scaling” situation
While Agile can work well for individual teams or isolated organizational units, from a business perspective it may not be enough to respond to rapidly changing market conditions. Scaling Agile to the entire organization is a major coordination challenge and often needs to revolve around self-reflection across competing units. We have helped our corporate clients deal with structural, social and personal change situations and made it easier to scale self-management to larger organizational units and the entire company.