A few years ago, you heard about a new way of working: Agile. You saw startups increasing their productivity and engaging their employees at a whole new level. You tried to use these new agile methods and changed your roles, implemented new agile tools, trained the managers and even reorganised the desks in your office. But your teams are still not delivering at the same level of performance as a brand new agile startup!
We find this common situation in a lot of companies, which makes them think “agile is just not working for us”. So, we would like to explain the reason why this is happening and what you can do about it.
Myth: “It’s because in our context it’s different!”.
From our experience, although each context is different, agile methods and principles are not limited to only one context. Agile can be applied anywhere, even in non-software companies.
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Agile principles and values are not complex to use, but they require a deep understanding of why you want to use them. They require a mindset shift before the use of practices and tools can increase your productivity.
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Don't worry! There are a few things you can do to improve your agile team and fix the reasons they are not delivering as expected.
A clear, inspiring and shared vision creates the motivation to get involved in the purpose, the foundation of the organisation. To ensure the success of the company's project, it should be combined with a strong, co-constructed and embodied cultural identity to give it all its power.
In our fast, complex and uncertain environment, agility and cooperation are essential ingredients. Be sure that your vision for the company and for this change is clear, that you know how you will measure the expected results and that you communicate it to everyone involved in the project. You can use different canvas that can help you do that.
An Agile culture means that employees are valued and that you have mutual respect and understanding. You should give each person the opportunity to explore their true potential.
A learning culture may be the element your company needs to motivate your employees for the long term, especially this new generation of workers who are so eager for innovation and new experiences. The implementation of such a learning culture can contribute not only to their personal development but also to the growth of your organization. There would be more room for innovation, higher standards, as well as higher levels of motivation and engagement within your workforce.
Teams can’t be self organized without support. Many companies think they have self organized teams, because they delegated some decision-making power to the team. However, before starting a project and letting the team organize itself, you need to make sure that your team knows what are the skills of each team member, what is the maturity level of the team, what is their goal and what they need to achieve it successfully. Having self-organized teams is a great performance booster, but it is also a part of a broader and structured approach to empower people in your organization.
Agile methods are based on certain specific roles to ensure maximum balance and performance within teams. If you really want to experiment an Agile approach, setting up those roles according to their design is essential.
Our trainings can help you and your team understand your responsibilities and learn how to perform your role in the best way!
With a little help, it usually takes only a few weeks for a team to develop its agile capability and start being able to deliver working software on a regular basis. However, to take full advantage of this capability, it is necessary to
Retrospectives are not optional, they are instrumental to the continuous improvement of any agile team’s performance, no matter whether it is using the Scrum framework or another approach.
While the collective intelligence inside the team will enable a lot of opportunities for improvement, it is also recommended to provide the team with an external point of view on a regular basis. This can come from participation into external or internal communities of practice, exchanges across teams or agile coaching.
Some improvements can be experimented by the team alone, while other changes, outside the team sphere of influence, require higher-level sponsorship and support for implementation.
You are not alone! Many companies are struggling today to implement agile in their digital transformation. We believe agile is not hard to implement, you just need the right information, mindset and support to get the best out of agile tools and methodologies. We are here to share with you our knowledge and expertise, and to give you tools and good practices so that you avoid big failures and save time. We can support you with various training courses as well as agile coaching. We can also assign agile practitioners to integrate your teams and transfer their knowledge “from the trenches”!
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