Lead the Agile Transformation Forward

 

During an Agile transformation, every facet of how work gets done– from how it is organized, funded, monitored, measured, incentivized, and delivered– will be challenged. For Agile to take root and thrive, the entire organization needs to be on board. Agile organizational coaching helps leaders pave the way for agility by helping them align the mission across all levels, modeling the Agile mindset and practices, and helping them create an environment that sustains newfound agility. Coaches push leadership to move the transformation forward and will make sure behaviors do not revert back to old destructive habits.

What to Expect from an Agile Organizational Coach

Organizational Alignment

“Agile” is all too often seen as something only technology teams do and other functional areas are seen as providing inputs to or waiting for outputs of the delivery process. Coaches focus on ensuring alignment across the core functions of the business with one team working together to build something end-to-end that drives the company’s goals.

Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Survey after survey confirms that culture continues to be the downfall of many Agile transformations. Here, leaders learn how to create and foster a culture that rewards continuous learning and improvement. They learn how to use the transparency inherent in Agile processes to unlock potential, not micromanage teams.

Cultivate the Mindset of an Agile Leader

Coaching leaders how to engage the team during the transformation will accelerate change and mitigate the risk of Agile rejection. Coaches help leaders focus on the biggest-value items and avoid making harmful decisions in a lighter-touch, laser-focused manner.

Create Scaling Infrastructure

Working with leadership and teams, coaches will determine which, if any, scaling framework is best for the organization and tools to support their adoption. They will help implement the planning strategy, including creating mechanisms to forecast work across multiple teams and a way to balance the need for responsiveness with the need to become predictable.

Create Visibility

What is the impact of change? How will teams know when real progress against a cross-team goal is being made? Coaches will work with leadership to set goals and create a system to track progress across numerous teams and will analyze the environment to identify impediments and determine quick solutions.

Prioritize Initiatives

The coach will support leadership in creating a system for identifying and prioritizing initiatives across programs and portfolios, then work with stakeholders to order the initiatives in a way that strikes a balance between value and complexity.

Achieve Product Flow

Coaches will examine the entire value stream for ways to limit dependencies and minimize handoffs, optimizing the entire idea to product system. In addition, current impediments will be addressed and a mitigation strategy created to allay future organizational roadblocks. Opportunities to apply DevOps practices will be identified and rollout strategies will be defined.

Create Value-Driven System & Culture

The coach will engage stakeholders to shift from output to outcome, from project to product. They will work with teams to create a common product vision and then partner with business to define and support the vision. The coach will also help teams to engage stakeholders faster to shorten feedback loops.

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