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Creating a Business Agility Adoption Plan

You can't get where you want to go unless you know where you are.  You can't manage what you don't measure. 

Overview

Regardless of where you are in your adoption of Agile, Net Objectives can assist you in getting better. We take a three pronged approach of seeing where you are, enrolling your staff in seeing what opportunities for change are available and then working with them to create a roadmap for improvement.

Business challenge

The true goal of improving your organization is to achieve business agility, the quick realization of value predictably, sustainably, and with high quality. Many organizations go to Agile by picking the most popular framework at the time. But your organization is not a commodity! All organizations have their own set of challenges and own set of opportunities. What organizations need to do is fairly well known. The real challenge is how to get there. Even though the goal may be clear, the implementation is different for each organization.

In the fast-moving digital world, new technical innovation is opening new markets and business models, and new competition is emerging. IT is under pressure to achieve the much-needed enterprise agility to deliver new software application fast and accelerate the customer value delivery. Most of the IT organizations are engaged or considering overhauling the software development life cycle (SDLC) transformation. However, the success rate is low.

  • Many organizations don’t even start as they don’t know the destination and even the starting point.

  • Many who do start get stuck due to ad-hoc approach, lack of proper coaching and an adaptable transformation roadmap to scale.

As a result,  they don’t reap the true benefits of Agile transformation. Instead, they are pulled in different directions and experience the loss of productivity versus achieving agility for accelerated value delivery. 

The Net Objectives solution

A challenge with most Agile adoptions is that they focus on the team level. Yes, this is where the work takes place, but starting there is a mistake. It leaves several large gaps.

  • Lack of clarity on what is most important to be working on

  • How to resolve conflicts when capacity is insufficient to meet demand

Another mistake is trying to adopt a “one-size-fits-all” framework approach. It treats the organization as a commodity and that is never the case. With 20 years of experience in Lean and Agile, we have found that it is more cost-effective to create a customized approach using existing, established practices than it is to take a preset start which often leads to resistance and stagnation.

The key to an adoption is to start at the right place and with the right methods to create sustainability in the adoption. The ideal place is to start at the top. But if that’s not available, then to start with the development organization and if that’s not possible, with teams. Then, if not starting at the top, how to work up to the top needs to be considered.

At Net Objectives, we use a simple, effective three-pronged approach.

  1. We do an assessment that conveys understanding of Agile, Lean and Flow-thinking to those in the organization we interact with.

  2. This enables us to jointly create a road map for your organization that uses the appropriate integration of the practices of the well-known approaches.

  3. This creates a solution that is tailored for your needs and abilities.​

Even if there is an alignment with the desired state, there is no single path to that destination. The path is determined by your current situation, the ability to absorb the change and key areas of focus in line with the goals. In order to achieve the enterprise agility, the organization needs to go beyond adopting a few Agile practices. It requires the change in culture, business, and IT alignment, PMO operations, and leadership commitment across the value stream processes —from budgeting to portfolio planning to deployment automation. 

The Net Objectives Enterprise Agility Assessment methodology evaluates the organization across multiple vectors such as Business Agility, Management Agility, Team Agility, and Technical Agility.

 

It is very important that the assessment is done with a purpose, and information gathered during assessment is leveraged to achieve that purpose. Net Objectives Enterprise Agility Assessment facilitates that. It’s used to determine either the starting roadmap for the Agile transformation or to determine the Agile maturity across the organization and action plan to achieve the next level of maturity. 

How does it work?

The assessment process is very simple. A senior Net Objectives enterprise level consultant engages with the key personnel and teams in the organization. Consultants observe the current processes and learn the organizational behavior by asking quantitative questions. Then, the consultant interprets the results and develops a report containing the positive aspects and areas of improvements. The consultant also documents his/her recommendation to achieve the desired goals and shares it with the key stakeholders. 

The process takes 3-10 working days, depending on the type of assessment and availability of the key personnel. Most organizations report a high ROI due to right start or revitalizing the Agile transformation journey.

Let us help you

Please contact Mike.Shalloway@netobjectives.com if you have any interest in learning how effective Lean-Agile coaching can help you and your organization.​