4 Steps to Make Your Enterprise More Agile (and Benefit from It)
In today’s business world, agile has become the synonym for speed and innovation. But many organisations still believe they are too big or too process-oriented to scale agile across the whole enterprise – instead, they limit it to one or two departments. Does this sound familiar to you?
While some business managers continue to treat agile with a certain dose of scepticism, most companies who have already tried the agile approach with several small departments and have seen it work, now decide to scale agile across the entire business and bring more transparency into their operations.
Find the right size
One of the most common myths is that agile is anti-documentation and anti-process. But in reality, agile is about finding the right size – right-size documentation and right-size process – that will make your enterprise as responsive and flexible as possible.
In most companies that follow the traditional waterfall approach, the executives tell what everyone will be doing for the next year or so… just to figure out 5 months later that the market conditions have changed and they are on the wrong track.
Using agile methods allows to stay flexible, adjust to the changing environment and provide results that meet—and often exceed—client expectations.
The best way to make the whole company go agile is to hire an agile coach and begin the transition with a single development team. Once that team feels comfortable with the new approach and speeds up their efficiency, it’s time to experiment and involve more teams in the scaling process.
A simple way to introduce more departments to the agile approach is to break company projects into sprints that are used by agile teams. You can start with an annual plan – draw your business goals and break them down into pieces = goals that you want to achieve each quarter, months and each two weeks (sprints).
Ensure constant communication
Constant communication and knowledge sharing are a must if you want to ensure that all project teams are on track and have a clear understanding of the goals and internal processes. Transition doesn’t happen for just one department. Everyone should be on the same page – from executives to developers, marketers and sales.
The first six months are often the trickiest – you have to make changes to every aspect of process, prioritisation, development and output. But once the shift is made, the transition will go quickly bringing faster releases, better products and happier customers.