How to Boost Organizational Agility in Your Company

Embrace a Culture of Change

To identify, understand and influence the culture within an organization, analyze how change might be approached differently based on existing organizational culture, and the influence that culture has on speed, risk, and receptiveness to change. By embracing empirical strategy and the importance of transparency and feedback loops for continual revision, you are better able to assist an organization and its leaders through a change process.

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Rethink “Value”

Each person on your team offers a different interpretation of the term “value” and, therefore, how agility will positively impact value creation. It is important to understand how culture and the way value is interpreted are related, and how that relationship will affect organizational outcomes.

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Support Self-Governance with Self-Organizing Teams

With agile, you use a Product Owner to prioritize and distill your vision to each team. From there, your teams decide how the work is done. This fuels a culture of innovation and creativity. To do this effectively, you must understand the relationship between organizational culture and design and how agile approaches aid the organizational change process as well as the relationship between culture and leadership mindset and behaviors. You will likely need to adjust your governance policies as you come to understand agility and its influence on culture and creating value.

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Establish Universal Leadership Teams

One way to make sure that your leadership team has broad perspectives is to look for leadership beyond the traditional hierarchy. Discuss priorities, problems, and solutions with employees at all levels of the company, especially those who work directly with your customers. Also consider setting up advisory teams with agilists, leaders, customers and would-be customers outside of your organization to prevent the echo chamber effect.

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Data Analytics Is Key

When applying agile approaches across an organizational system, view challenges to creating value through the lens of organizational metrics for alignment with agile values and how they impact behavior and results. Analytics strategy is closely associated with a company's objectives. So, decide who can access the business data and make adjustments to serve the company better. Use analytics where they can yield great results.

Prepare Your Departments to Respond Quickly

How do different departments in your company relate to each other and external parties, and how do you manage such relationships? Determine how and where you want your elements of the value chain to be shared. Is it via collaboration or partnership to foster growth? Determine how sharing data with others may affect the industry landscape. Keep in mind changes in technology are breaking barriers between businesses and it will impact your business considerably.

Business benefits of agile are clear: superior product quality, a great partnership between the business and IT, as well as increased customer satisfaction are some of the business benefits of agile that could arise when your business adapts the agile approach. What are you waiting for? You can start by getting a professional course from Scrum Alliance and learn more about agility and how it could help your company thrive.

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