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Agile Transformation Services Fueling Better Business Results

You're looking for better results...now. Delighted clients, innovative solutions, engaged employees, faster time to market - these are just some of the results you can, and should, expect from agility.

Clients trust Agile Velocity because we offer a simple yet powerful approach to building Agile organizations. We start with your goal, equip you with key capabilities, and offer measures to give you the confidence you'll achieve long-lasting results. There's more to it, but that's the gist.

We make a big promise. We fully expect that with Agile Velocity's help, this will be the last Agile transformation you'll need. This is how we do it.

How does AV engage with clients?

We engage clients wherever they are on their Path to Agility®. Since we’re a full-service Agile transformation firm we have a wide range of proven services to meet their needs.

We’ve led transformations for Fortune 50 companies, mid-sized companies, and startups. Training, coaching, and the Path to Agility framework are integrated to address a client’s unique needs. The goal is the same: to make the transformations we support the last Agile transformation a client needs.

Below is an overview of Agile Velocity’s transformation roles and how we build trusted partnerships with our clients.

Our roles are designed for every step of your engagement with us

    1. Business Development works to understand your needs and ensures you get answers.
    2. Moving forward with AV? Great! Client Success is your key relationship.
    3. Your team may include Executive, Enterprise, System, and Team coaches.
    4. Operations contacts are available.
    5. The executive team is eager to offer their help and expertise.

Agile transformation engagement activities

  • Client Success Kick-off

    Our client success lead will formally kick off our engagement. We'll cover a range of activities: Team introductions, Path to Agility framework review, coordinate logistics, schedule assessment activities, plan training and workshop dates, and set up recurring Client Success meetings.

  • Assess and baseline current state

    We begin with a series of assessment activities. These activities include client interviews, surveys, and observing meetings. After data collection, we synthesize data for review within the context fo the Path to Agility to begin to build the transformation roadmap.

  • Facilitate Leadership/Executive kick-off and training

    The executive bootcamp is a crucial activity where we'll review the assessment findings and recommendations. From there we will confirm business priorities based on the Path to Agility. The Agile Leadership Team (transformation leadership) will be identified. We'll build the initial transformation roadmap. And we'll schedule team and role training, as needed

  • Training

    This is where we'll equip teams with the necessary Agile foundations (Scrum, SAFeⓇ, etc.). More, we'll also give specific role training to make sure individuals are prepared for the new roles and responsibilities (Scrum Master, Product Owner, SAFe roles, etc.).

  • Organization Coaching

    The Organization Coaching function ensures customer value and business results are in focus as the business adopts agility. This coach partners with executives and leaders to identify "the why" of the transformation at the outset. Other activities include identifying and supporting the adoption of new leadership agility capabilities, empowering team, removing impediments to value, fine tuning cultural responses, and equipping leaders to support an adaptable organization at scale.

  • System Coaching

    The Systems Coaching function ensures the flow of work across teams is continually improving while scaling. Teams will have dependencies and disconnects, and breakages can occur which interrupts the flow of work and disrupts value creation. This coach ensures teams of teams surface dependencies, collaborate, communicate, and swiftly remove impediments to their progress.

  • Team Coaching

    The Team Coaching function ensures teams are equipped to work using agility. They help form teams, make work visible, prioritize work, share lessons learned, and surface impediments to ensure their work can progress. Team coaches observe, guide, and nudge to find acceleration. More, they'll be encouraging teams to engage stakeholders to celebrate progress, wins, and lessons learned.

  • Transition to client

    At this stage, Agile Velocity equips the teams to carry on long after the engagement by certifying change leaders in Path to Agility so they can continue their capability building on their own.

Where do I start our transformation?

Many transformations start with high expectations and yet surprisingly few deliver long-lasting results. The recommendations below reflect practical guidance to start your transformation with a pragmatic approach to win in the long term. Our aim is to help you accelerate your transformation, to lessen the pain of a complex change, and to recognize results faster. Here are our recommendations.

1. Establish the business goal.

It should be easy for everyone in the organization to understand and to remember. This will help aim your teams’ efforts and provide a rallying point for the transformation investment.

2. Confirm the right transformation scope for your company at this time

Starting with a scope that’s manageable based on your aspirations (and constraints) can lead to your long term success.

3. Determine funding investment level

We recommend engaging your finance partners early and often here to help you consider a funding approach that offers the greatest chance for long-lasting organizational resilience.

4. Select a great partner (if applicable)

Maintain a high expectation about results, and it's a good idea to be skeptical, do reference checks, make sure they are asking you about your business goals while offering an approach to help you make sense of your transformation.

5. Engage key stakeholders early

Building support early for your business goals and giving key partners a seat at this table early and often will pay tremendous dividends long term.

What should I expect during a transformation?

While every transformation is unique, there are common transformation attributes most companies see. Your results will vary. The good news?

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Zig Ziglar

  • The starting point can be one of the most difficult stages.

    So much is new and the habits, practices, and reporting aren’t yet hard-wired. Things will get better as new capabilities, different skills, and familiarization of new ways of working take hold.

  • Your people and teams will start to behave differently.

    When you empower them, and encourage them to solve challenges, and give them room to rise up? They will. They’ll hold themselves accountable and will hold others accountable, too. The team goals and commitments are a benchmark and people take them very seriously. Your strongest leaders will celebrate the new sense of accomplishment and pride in their teams.

  • Some reports and measurements will likely change.

    Some will be new, some may change, and others may go away entirely. You’ll see more work made visible. Sticky notes and boards are common. Team goals and new progress charts on 2-week intervals will be the focus. You’ll see teams huddled around these visual reports and things might get animated as the teams work together to make progress.

  • Yes, there are Agile meetings.

    One every day, the standup or huddle. This shouldn’t be more than 15 minutes and should review the priorities and progress for every member of the team. There are planning meetings, too. Agile encourages robust reviews of new facts, new data, and new insight to make sure the outcomes are met in light of what’s new and what’s real.

  • You may sense a lag in performance briefly at the start.

    This is normal as the teams adjust to the new normal. New words, new meetings, new teams even mark a change from the old status quo. This will give way as momentum and acceleration take hold. But you can anticipate some resistance and that’s normal. People were familiar with what they used to know. New is unfamiliar, but it will become the new normal soon enough.

  • Middle managers may hesitantly embrace agility.

    They sense they have most to lose. They used to manage the work. They made many decisions. They had authority. Now that has been passed to the teams who now take ownership. The managers begin to coach and to focus on removing team impediments, and building relationships across the company. This way they are ensuring value becomes optimized across the whole company. They have plenty to do, it’s just not what they used to do and it’s unfamiliar. Having coaches help them re-imagine their role is key. We often find that after the initial shock, their enthusiasm rises as they take on new challenges and add new value to the company. Just be aware it’s quite a shock for that important leadership level, too.

  • The customer should be reflected in the team work and commitments.

    The customer should show up in measures and report outs. The customer’s voice should be reflected in the value the teams and leaders co-create. Ideally, client feedback is eagerly sought out and incorporated into decisions throughout the newly forming organization. The distance between where the value is created and the customer who wants it should be reduced significantly in this transformation.

  • Momentum building

    You'll start to hear more conversations, see more activity, and hear stories about improvement. You should hear more questions about the customer impact. Momentum will build.

What to Expect During an Agile Transformation

Every enterprise's path to agility is unique. But Agile transformations share a few common nuts and bolts. Watch this webinar to learn more about these commonalities. Identify and troubleshoot common failure patterns and develop ideas to help guide your Agile transformation.

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