The Agile Coach tool kit Part 2

The Agile Coach tool kit Part 2

Rhys Horton 13.10.2017

Following on from last weeks blog, and understanding what is agile, I delved deeper into Obed’s experience to understand Agile application and it’s impacts on the market.

What is the hype around businesses working Agile, what value can it bring?
  • Businesses working Agile have seen a shift in culture, ability to deliver incremental value, increased adaptability, and improved employee satisfaction. Mature organizations have a culture of incredible team empowerment, trust and a shared vision that is clearly visible in everything they do. These teams also have learnt the knack of maximizing the work not done, and have incredible flow of work thanks to team pull. 
  • All the above provide the business with the ability to delivery value, adapt quickly, and learn continuously.
  • Agile also provides a pathway for people to be seen as people, and to be cross functionally skilled, it gives the customer realistic expectations, the customer’s value is highly regarded, teams are empowered to pull their own work, teams are also encouraged to fail early and often and learn from their failures, it gives leadership the ability to change tack very quickly and yet learn with every decision, they also can receive early indications of issues and delays, they can set purpose driven milestones and most importantly, everyone can expect great quality and fit purpose products.
 
What are the key challenges to a business to adopt an Agile approach?
  • People, process and culture.
  • People, because people can resist change. When you introduce a new way of working, a majority of the team might resist that change. Bringing them on that journey to the other side is part of a coach’s responsibility.
  • Process, because processes are ingrained from years of working in the old ways. Value delivery, Recruitment, progression and promotions, KPI’s, and a focus on financials have all been challenges for organizations. 
  • Agile is more than Scrum, to be agile, and see great results, the organization as a whole needs to change. From leadership, to the teams and from a financials focus to a customer centricity and value delivery focus. The challenge to move organizations from focussing on P&L to value and customer centricity is huge and many organizations struggle with that also. 
  • Good coaches, working as a team can help and guide organizations at every level progress through their Agile journey.
 
Do you see being Agile as the optimal target for business to obtain efficiency or is there going to be another monumental shift soon?
 
I think Agile provides an optimal business environment for great customer satisfaction, team happiness, continuous learning and a clear fit for purpose framework for teams to work in. 
However, I have seen Agile grow and scale and fit differently for different organizations, and I think as more and more organizations adopt Agile, it will change and new ways of working will be introduced and added to the current framework.
There will be shifts in the market, but Agile is about culture and the culture that is aims to implement is for customers, teams, its members and great end products.
 
Summary 
 
As you can see Obed is extremely passionate about the application of this methodology, and from a business perspective you can really see the benefits of aligning your organisation to work cooperatively and effectively, and provides a great environment to identify and resolves issues early in the process, thus allowing businesses to adapt and save costs throughout a project.
 
Where I see one of the most interesting benefits is within the business Culture, by shifting towards Agile, offices are becoming more open plan, people can hot desk, work from home and collaborate with colleagues more quickly and effectively. This provides an extremely conducive atmosphere and brings teams together with a common goal. 
 
Who wouldn’t want to work in a business where the work-life balance is flexible, but also the most efficient?
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Senior Consultant | Project and Change Management
rhorton@morganmckinley.com.au