WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO WORK AGILE IN THE FIRST PLACE?
With the Agile trend in full swing, it’s easy to lose sight of why organizations would want to work Agile in the first place. But to win support and maintain it throughout the transformation, it’s important to be able to describe the advantages you see before you. When the transformation is underway, and people struggle to make sense of the new way of working – as anyone might, initially – it won’t suffice to say “We are doing this because everybody else is.”
But what does this transition mean?
“SOFTWARE IS EATING THE WORLD.”
It was online investor and entrepreneur Marc Andreessen who wrote that insightful observation. In a 2011 article in the Washington Post, he pointed out how software-driven companies were becoming formidable players in industries that never had much to do with digital before. Today, the quote sounds thoroughly outdated. Software isn’t just eating the world: it’s created a new one. It’s getting harder and harder to find an industry that hasn’t already gone digital.
(If you find one, let me know – just between you and me, okay? We’ll invest in a nice promising start-up there and we’ll both get rich.)
Agile Embraces change
To facilitate change is exactly the promise that working Agile holds. Just as the word ‘agile’ literally describes a freedom of physical movement and adaptation to circumstances, so the concept of working Agile has the potential to turn a lumbering
giant into a nimble pack of autonomous wolves – ready to take on anything that comes their way.
Becoming an Agile organization takes a substantial effort that comes with great reward. Changing people’s behaviors, attitudes, and skills—in the end, the culture of an entire enterprise—is no small feat. It requires inspired acts of leadership, a sense of urgency, persistence, and a commitment to continuous lear ning and relentless improvement. The result of all this effort is an empowered and aligned team-of-Agileteams ready to engage in solutions that deliver value, which directly correlates to the bottom line.
Typical results reported by Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) enterprises include:
A. 20 - 50% increase in productivity
B. 25 - 75% improvement in quality
C. 30 - 75% faster time-to-market
D. 10 - 50% increase in employee engagement and job satisfaction