April 6, 2020

Are you aiming for more Business Agility?

Business agility is big words these days, with conferences, books and new certification programs popping up pretty much everywhere. For employees that are more distanced to the Scrum teams in an IT organization, business agility often means simply applying an agile process within a team in their business unit, for example HR, Finance, Procurement, Marketing etc.

Aiming for more Business Agility?

Even though applying agile processes in that context is often a good and valuable idea, business agility is a much bigger term than that. It means how well an organization is equipped to react to market changes, merging customer needs or other factors that impact the business as a whole. 

Having individual agile teams has a positive to address these demands, but it is the agility of the larger eco-system and the inter-dependencies of the agile teams. It means the values and principles are lived by throughout the entire organization. Values for Scrum teams must also be elevated to an organizational level.

When I began leading agile transformations over a decade ago, I noticed an initial trend to limit the radius of agility to an IT organization or function. That has radically changed in recent years and even regular product TV commercials make heavy use of the word agile these days.  

Agile Transformation Kata

If you are thinking about starting an agile transformation or are in full swing already, check your radius of agile in your company. Interestingly, transforming a single department or limiting agile to a specific group is almost impossible, as the inter-dependencies between the departments kick in right away. We noticed that trend every time we applied the Agile Transformation Kata.

If you are interested what business agility means, how it links to agile transformations (using a Kata) using evidence-based management, let's continue the conversation in this online session next Wednesday 10am ET.