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You can’t DO Agile, you have to BE Agile!
Flexibility and quick adaptation are key to innovation and survival in a rapid developing digital world.
Agile is a digital transformation that is revolutionizing the way we do business and future-proofing the organization for the ever changing internal and external factors. But there’s more to ‘being Agile’ than just adopting a set of practices. It requires complete Agile transformation, by changing the organizational mindset and transforming the organizational culture.
The Agile methodology improves the communication and collaboration between teams, and increases their productivity and performance by accepting change and flexibility as parts of the work process. This in turn, improves the transparency, shortens the release cycles and reduces time-to-market of higher quality solutions that offer better customer satisfaction. Ultimately, the improved predictability leads to better optimization and lowering of production and maintenance costs.
Since we strive to be an Agile organization ourselves, and we’ve experienced the benefits first-hand, we are eager to help other companies change the way they do business, achieve better results towards sustainable success by implementing and following the Agile principles, too.
Our Agile transformation services are uniquely tailored to each clients’ needs. We go through each phase of the transformation process together with them in order to identify and achieve their short-term goals, determine the best Agile transformation strategy that takes into account the unique aspects of their organization, and guide them at all stages of their agile journey to attain self-reliant agility.
Agile Transformation roadmap
The Agile transformation process consists of four major stages, as follows:
Assessment of Processes, Technology and Teams
In the first phase of Agile transformation, we get to know our clients and assess their businesses. To do this, we use a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques for assessing their software development processes, technology and team maturity.
Next, we conduct numerous meetings and discussions to identify key objectives and analyze the various elements of the Agile ecosystem.
Following this, we use the collected data to identify gaps, asses their impact on target KPIs, identify a set of actions and create a development roadmap that will drive improvement of those KPIs.
We use proven industry practices to create a distinguished solution for each client, tailored according to their specific business needs. We offer full support throughout the transformational process, starting from the top down – from the executives, to all other organizational roles.
Education and Adoption of the Agile Mindset
Educating and empowering your employees are crucial for correct Agile implementation. They have to be able to understand the philosophy of being Agile, the benefits Agile brings for them as individuals and the company as a whole, so they can accept the change and take active part in the transformation.
We introduce employees to the basic Agile principles and get them familiar with tools and frameworks they would soon begin to use on a regular basis. In order to achieve this, our Scrum Alliance certified experts use practical, non-academic approaches in the form of workshops and training from the-back- of-the-room. Other educational methods include single team meetings, roles and artifacts, as well as advanced practices involving scaling and shifting people’s mindsets.
The main success factor we provide clients is the measurable impact of improvements, and making the teams more synchronized and productive.
Implementation of Agile Practices
After the education phase is completed successfully, our Agile coaches help the clients get on Agile rails and effectively implement the Scrum process. Depending on the business needs of the client, and their internal culture and the already established implementation strategy, we choose a path that insures the easiest, the fastest and the smoothest transition.
Usually, the implementation phase goes through several steps, including: agile environment setup, pilot implementation, rollout, monitoring and support, mentoring and coaching, and corrections and feedback accommodation.
Support and Self-Reliant Organizational Agility
When we are positive that the implementation was executed successfully and we see that the culture is transformed, the Agile coach starts to slowly move out of the picture. The coach doesn’t leave the team immediately, but starts to take the role of an observer and an outside consultant, instead of a team driver.
That way, the teams start to work more independently and become more self-organized. They begin to rely on themselves, and on the Agile principles and practices as guidelines for their actions on a day-to-day basis, instead of on the coach. As soon as the coaches feels that the organization is ready, and has reached a self-reliant Agility, they leave the teams to thrive on their own.