Barriers to Business Agility

Untrained Executive Leadership

Lack of support and financial aid from the senior managers of the company makes it hard for any transformation to occur. The problem is that one section will embrace agile approaches, but soon everything will fizzle out since there is no broad support from the company.

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Lack of Enterprise View

This includes numerous considerations. For instance, the lack of a centralized program that promotes agility in an organization. As a result, the implementation of agile becomes problematic because it is less effective if it is only implemented in a limited number of departments or teams.

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Difficulty in Responding to Organizational Change

For agile to work, it needs an organizational change in all areas of the business and not just in product development. For example, layers of management must be reduced. Companies should put more effort into employee training, talent management, performance management processes, as well as business technology partnerships. The focus must be on removing barriers to decision making and delivering value quickly to reduce turnaround time on customer feedback.

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Not Factoring in Transition Time

Time is everything when it comes to change. Businesses must establish realistic goals right from the start. Instead of pursuing an all-at-once approach, companies must adapt change in waves, gently breaking down conventional barriers and resistance to change.

It is not easy to create enterprise agility and will not happen in one day, but it is an area that can make a great impact with the support of professionals who are trained in improvement processes and can guide you and your team throughout the journey.

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