In todays world there are many reason why a company, with e.g. a traditional business model, has to change and transform. The following three reasons have been observed very often by us:
- Become better and faster in responding to changing customer needs
- Increase effectiveness and efficiency by breaking down internal silos
- Increase employees engagement to be able to attract the type of talent you need in todays world
The challenge is to address almost all elements of your operating model. Leaders have to change their leadership behavior. They should be much more clear about the overall companies purpose, strategy and priorities. They have to have a strict alignment on this to be able to empower the teams for decentralized decision making.
Re-Thing the governance and funding model, e.g. instead of funding specific projects, you move to allocating capacity to business outcomes.
Re-Think how you organize teams to become cross-functional.Changing roles of line manager at the same time, because agile works best if the teams work co-located.
Re-think your location and sourcing strategy.
Underlying technology enablers. Automate the underlying IT processes, move to continuous delivery and automated testing. Think about your underlying architecture becoming more modular by using APIs.
When a company wants to embark on an agile transformation, those are the first things they should ask for:
- What are you trying to solve?
- What version of agile will work for your specific organization? It is not about copying an agile strategy, because one strategy can work for one company but not for others.
- Where and how do we implement agile?
- Full buy-in of the leadership team who is willed to embrace the change?