How to Adopt Agile Principles for your Enterprise

Enterprise agility is at the core of business strategy today. It is not just about profitability or higher revenues. But the idea is to be nimble enough to adopt, adapt & respond to customer needs better & faster than your competition.

Organizations globally recognize this non-negotiable aspect of their business. And are more forthcoming in taking the right steps towards agile project management.

There is enough evidence to support the tactical & strategic benefits of adopting agile principles for your operations & customer delivery.

Primarily because agile is all about delivering outcomes in an iterative & incremental manner where value is realized (or rather perceived) instantly.

However, it is important to understand; agile is not a panacea for your chaotic delivery model.

Agile is more about a culture, way of doing things, being ok with incremental values & frequent course corrections than expected.

Having said that, let us focus on simple aspects that enable agile methodology for your business.

Loss of management autonomy is one of the major threats to agile adoption. And a close second is resistance to change.

Let’s dig deeper.

Agile execution offers greater freedom to your teams in choosing what to deliver & when. The entire ownership and accountability are with that team with very little scope of control for the management.

And this is where things get tricky. Driving the message clearly through to your management is critical to agile adoption.

Hence, you have to start at the top! Showcase how:

· costly failures can be avoided

· customer participation can be increased

· speed of execution can be ramped up

· desired business value with optimum quality be delivered

Agile adoption needs a lot of practice. It is about preparing or a marathon rather than an energy burst to win a sprint!

It’s a long haul and needs absolute commitment & management support to make it a success within the organization.

Similarly, take a hard look at the long-established processes. People are comfortable with them. Tweaking them overnight isn’t a wise approach.

You must show them that though their work remains the same but with increased value. It is about the team shifting the focus from being quantitative to qualitative.

Traditional approaches do not do a great job at showcasing the true value of one’s contribution and if so at a very late stage. So not particularly helpful.

On the other hand, agile methodology is more inclusive & enables the quicker representation of the value delivered.

Teams see the impact of their work directly in almost real-time & are more inclined to be aligned with the objective.

Hence, driving the change with transparent communication, knowledge & impact of the change is critical to getting all stakeholders on board.

You are bound to find quite a few excited early adopters. Note: agile isn’t for the tech or delivery teams only.

It is an optimized way of delivering value repetitively & frequently. The more you tend to champion it, the more you get to stand out in the market.

Try and identify like-minded team members across the organization who are willing to take agile adoption further.

Build and run a small implementation for their department or team. Identify any in-flight or about to start initiatives that you can try with the agile approach.

It need not be a significant shift. Maybe identify the most common or a repetitive step of a process that you can optimize for agility or reduce recurrence.

Agile benefits are like compound interest. You need to be patient with your efforts and commitment.

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