Business Agility Transformation
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Business Agility Transformation

Business Agility refers to those well-adapted enterprises which can respond quickly to market changes, internally and externally, without losing momentum or vision.

When an organization sets out on the Agile transformation journey the final destination can be Business Agility. Why is it so important to become an Agile organization? Business Agility is the ability of a company to adapt to and be ready for change. It refers to how capable is the company of reacting to the everchanging market trends, customers’ demands. And most importantly, if the company is skillful enough to act quicker than the competitors to drive change productively and cost-effectively. 

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How to achieve Organizational Agility?

To become a truly Agile organization, Agile culture needs to be penetrated throughout the whole company. This means that it moves beyond software development teams and impacts all departments within the organization, such as Sales, Marketing, Operations, Finance, Legal, HR. The entire organization has to become agile and adaptive. Moreover, the new mindset must stretch outside to transform collaboration with clients and turn it into partnership that requires efforts from both parties and results in customer satisfaction. 

Customer centricity

It’s important to notice that with SAFe agility business solutions focus first and foremost on value streams and not just departments within an organization. This shift in focus allows to achieve healthy Agile transformation. We advise to adopt a comprehensive approach and hone your organization’s Agile culture leveraging the core competencies of Business Agility.  

Lean-Agile Leadership

Leadership agility provides the foundation for successful adoption of Lean-Agile principles in the whole of the organization. Leaders who embrace the new way of thinking create a thriving environment for Agile teams. This brings on Lean Business Agility that entails using industry best practices and leading trends, maximizing organizational efficiency, performance, and sustainability. 

Teamwork and Technical Agility

A team is a fundamental unit of an organization where each member is committed full-time to the project and focused on the shared goal of delivering value to the clientHigh-performing, cross-functional teams apply Agile principles and practices, operating withing the SAFe framework to design high-quality solutions for ongoing and future business needs. 

DevOps and Release on Demand

Client-centric approach to product development, continuous delivery and release on demand are essential parts of Business Agility transformation. DevOps aims to aligns various areas of work (development, operations, business, information security, etc.) to improve business results. Applying Agile to DevOps allows for timely software releases and quick response to customer needs. 

Business Solutions and Lean Systems Engineering

Lean-Agile principles and practices may be applied on all steps of the SDLC to develop sophisticated software applications. As development teams build and deploy large and increasingly complex systems, they need to adopt a mindset that would allow to manage the scope of the projectApplying agility business solutions ensures team alignment and continuous delivery of value. 

Lean Portfolio Management

SAFe portfolio comprises the value streams of a specific line of business. The primary focus of portfolio management is on aligning Lean-Agile development with business strategy. Senior leadership, being involved in high-level decision-making and bearing financial responsibility, applies lean principles to move forward from strategy to execution.  

We provide Business Agility consultancy to help you get started on your Agile transformation journey. We will assist in adopting the following steps: 

  • Assemble Agile Business Teams 
  • Organize around value 
  • Nurture Agile Leadership 

Business Agility services are to help set the foundation and incorporate Lean-Agile ways on all levels of the organization. Our coaches will lead your organization through the whole process of Agile transformation to ensure that your company will sustain all the implemented changes and Business Agility ecosystem stay in place even when Agile coach becomes redundant and you part ways. 

Business Agility path within an organization

Business Agility path within an organization

 

To achieve real Business Agility, we strive to implement Agile principles throughout all departments on a team level which later helps to easier translate it to company level. This is the natural progression that company agility encompasses. 

Departments that support product development teams are the first to catch up on the Agile principles and approach. The shift in ways of working comes with new roles, processes and practices. 

  • Leadership agility is a way for the leadership team to introduce Agile principles to the whole of the organization and lead by example, encouraging other teams and departments to embrace the change. 
  • The customer-centricity in marketing demands a more flexible approach that allows for generating quick feedback loops and adjust to the ever-changing market demands. 
  • Agility in HR department is the ability to quickly respond to business requirements, changes in the workplace, employee expectations. 
  • Finance agility allows adapting to the fluctuations in the market and adjusting financial spending plans accordingly. 

All in all, agility is of great importance on all levels of the organization as it helps you incorporate a faster, smarter and more flexible way of working. 

What you will gain with Business Agility

From operational perspective: 

  • Increase the speed of the process 
  • Improve visibility to stakeholders 
  • Become more predictable and able to manage the expectations of business 
  • Be guided by prioritization and focused on the most important work first 
  • Foster collaboration between locations 

From strategic perspective:  

  • Adjust strategies to be able to meet the expectations of business and become more productive 
  • Empower employees to make key decisions on challenging projects  
  • Respond to ambiguity and uncertainty with flexibility and speed 
  • View unanticipated change as an opportunity for transformation 
  • Enable teams to remove obstacles and impediments

How we build your Business Agility journey

With the help of our experts, you can achieve Business Agility starting small, by adopting Agile on the team level and then gradually spreading it to the entire organization to ultimately become an Agile enterprise. Here’s how it works: 

Team Agility   

  • Agile adoption
  • Building cross-functional teams
  • Implementing Agile tools and workspace

Team of Teams Agility  

  • Scaling Agile (SAFe)
  • DevOps Maturity
  • Leadership & Culture

Organization Agility   

  • Lean portfolio management
  • Value stream structure
  • Lean Agile Leadership

Talent Development & Operational Agility  

  • Customer Seat at the Table
  • Talent Development, HR transformation
  • Ops, Finance, Legal, Audit, Sales/Marketing

Enterprise Business Agility   

  • Anticipate Customer Needs
  • Sustain Learning & Culture
  • Continuous Growth

 

Business Agility at Symphony Solutions

Symphony Solutions made a company-wide commitment to Agile Transformation three years ago. This meant: 

  • Incorporating LACE, Lean Center for Excellence, which is an Agile coalition of expertise whose purpose is to train, monitor, and improve Agile practices throughout the company 
  • Transforming non-development departments such as Marketing, HR, Finance, Design, and Leadership team to adopt Agile style 
  • Сonsulting and supporting clients in Agile Transformation journey 
  • Сonducting trainings and certifications 

Clients continue to report efficiency and revenue gains as a result of embedded Agile practices.