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The process of transforming a whole organization to a flexible, reactive approach based on agile principles is known as agile transformation. Adopting agile software development approaches isn’t agile transformation.
While any organization experiencing this transformation is likely to adopt agile, Scrum, Lean, and other methodologies, agile transformation involves much more than simply altering how software is developed.
"Becoming a truly agile organization is a long-term proposition that takes place in phases."
Agile transformation is a team effort. From talent to leadership, everyone needs to be involved. Plus, every component of the company must be redesigned, revised, and re-inspired along agile lines.
Here are three steps for companies to achieve Agile Transformation!
Step 1: Agile transformation in teams
Your teams are the foundation of agile transformation. Your chances of success will fall dramatically if that foundation is incomplete. Your teams will become the engine that drives the rest of the process if it's strong.
"Going agile means focusing on meaningful added value instead of mindless milestones."
Agile transformation must be ingrained in your company’s culture. It must become ingrained in your attitude and standard operating procedure. Agile retrospectives are critical to accomplishing this goal. Unfortunately, many teams do not devote enough time and effort to implementing the changes they identify.
In some companies, teams do retrospectives yet fail to implement genuine improvements as a result. There are also teams that completely disregard retrospectives, denying themselves of one of the most effective and important agile tools.
Step 2: End-to-end value chains across division
Getting your teams on board with the transformation is a crucial first step. Even if they’ve adopted an agile manner of working, the environment in which they function will still limit their speed: segregated divisions.
This isolated specialization, on the other hand, invariably leads to suboptimizations throughout the organization. End goals such as happy customers who buy profitable products might get lost in sales targets that ignore fulfilment constrains. We focus on delivering end-to-end agility and ownership to corporate goals at this level.
Step 3: Agile transformation at organizational scale
You’ll be ready to move on to the last stage once you’ve solved the issues that come with agile transformation at the teams and department levels. Here, you’ll need to align your entire business on a set of clear objectives.
Your entire business must be refocused on the products and services you provide. This will enable you to make the best judgments possible on your added value, as well as help you provide it faster.
Agile transformation allows business to be more responsive, do more with less, and better satisfy their customers’ needs. An agile transition takes a lot of support, resources, and time to get right, not to mention the resolve to stick it out when things go tough.
A successful agile transformation can transform how a company manages projects, responds to client requests, and expands its business, which is why some companies are prepared to put in the work to make it happen.
"In essence, agility at an enterprise level means moving strategy, structure, processes, people, and technology toward a new operating model."
You’ll need to adopt a complete approach if you want to successfully change your company into an agile one.
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