Just following an Agile method like Scrum or Kanban doesn’t bring Agility into an organization. For sure, it is a good first step but not enough to be agile and nimble. So what does it take an organization to move towards “real” agility? That’s what we will discuss in this post.
If you take a closer look at an organization which is truly agile, you will notice widespread automation.
There are very few areas that cannot be automated. Why automate? Here are some reasons.
- A supervisor or a controller is not required
- Everything works like a machine
- Problems are highlighted immediately
- Everything is repeatable and fool-proof
These are only a handful of benefits. Automation also makes some roles optional or unnecessary, thus freeing up valuable resources to deliver business value.
To move towards true organizational agility, here is the first question to ask your team:
What can be automated in the current system?
#2 Lean Process
Process exist for the team. Teams don’t exist for the Process.
The leader of an organization aspiring true agility must understand this fact. Over time, any process will grow bulky and stop adding real value. But the teams get busy following the process, without questioning their existence.
It is the leader’s responsibility to take a step back and question the process steps (sometimes the process itself).
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Tools and process only offer partial help, if agility is absent in the organization culture.
Everyone is the organization must aspire to be agile. They must be able to visualize all benefits that agility can bring to them and the organization. Again, it is the leader’s responsibility to enable this culture change.
It is easier said than done. Those who are too comfortable with the command-and-control paradigm, may find agility a bit unsettling. It takes a combination of training, motivation and hard selling to get a buy-in for agile culture.
- Just following Agile methods don’t make an organization agile
- There are three essential steps that help move towards true agility
- Automate everything possible
- Make every process lean
- Develop an Agile culture in the organization
Is your organization agile? What were the steps taken to achieve true agility?