Transitioning to agile

Agile – Single streams to whole of business

The world is changing. Disruptors are appearing more frequently, and customers have access to more information, offerings, and engagement experiences than ever before. This creates both risk and opportunity. 

It is no longer the large leading the small,  it is the fast leading the slow as the market disruptors have proven over the past decade. Today, the speed to market isn’t just about products and services, it extends across from customer experiences to whole of business functions.

To remain competitive, most organisations are transitioning to Agile  across their innovation, product and service streams – and the more innovation organisations are applying it across their entire business. Those that do change are realising higher rates of delivery success compared to traditional approaches like Waterfall.  According to the Standish Group, Agile project have 300% more chance of being successful compared to Waterfall across all projects.

While the headline is compelling, the detail for large projects shows a more varied result. This is to be expected – organisations are approaching Agile with varied levels of diligence, rigour, commitment, support and maturity, and secondly, trying to scale both up and out with a methodology that wasn’t natively designed to do so.

18
Large Agile projects delivered successfully1
59
Large Agile projects delivered over budget or late1
23
Large Agile projects that fail to be completed1
44
Agile projects fail due to a lack of documentation2
34
Agile programs fail through a lack of planning2
68
CIOs need more architects in Agile projects2

1 2015 Chaos Report (Standish Group, 2015)
An Agile Agenda: How CIOs Can Navigate the Post-Agile Era (6point6, 2017)

By design, Agile models place less emphasis on planning, documentation, reporting and governance processes, focusing more on rapid delivery of small iterative changes. The small iterative sprints enable teams to deliver change aligned to the audience much faster than before, building customer confidence and loyalty – but at the cost of the scalable planning and assurance mechanisms traditionally used to provision benefits management and ongoing value aligned to the strategic objectives.

We mitigate these shortcomings in Agile for your project streams and whole of business transformations with the planning, mobilisation, delivery and recalibration solutions you want, backed by the scalable assurance and governance methodologies you need.

1. Agile for programs

Customers want more, and they want it now. This shift in expectations has seen Agile rapidly become the norm for product and service development. With data showing 600% more success delivering with Agile compared to Waterfall2, the benefits of Agile are compelling. When planned properly, it enables you to deliver products and services that are more relevant to your evolving customer and market landscapes, and do so quicker than before.

With good, there is bad. The focus in Agile on speed to market diminishes the investment in preparation, planning, documentation, reporting, assurance, and governance. This makes it more challenging to effectively manage multiple streams that scale (both up and out) and guarantee continued alignment to the strategic objectives. We help you mitigate these risks by providing the frameworks, tools, systems and specialist teams you need to create, manage and run successful, scalable Agile programs.

Our Agile services include:

  • Agile frameworks, processes and structure
  • Agile planning and mobilisation
  • Agile delivery
  • Agile reporting and risk management
  • Assurance and governance management
  • Value management
  • Vendor management
2. Agile transformation for organisations

Every aspect of business needs to move faster than ever before. Organisations need to accelerate initiatives, eliminate costly delays, keep customers engaged and continually improve the customer experience. To remain competitive, organisations are adopting Agile methodologies and applying them to the whole of the business. Siloed departments are replaced by cross-divisional teams that deliver user-driven rapid iterations tightly aligned with market and stakeholder expectations – ensuring relevance, improving engagement and building both loyalty and trust.

Our Agile transformation teams are the subject matter experts that live, eat and breathe Agile. They are the authors of the book you have been meaning to read and spoke at that event you wanted to go to. They are the recognised experts with the experience to help you successfully implement Agile change across the organisation, supported by the visibility, assurance and governance frameworks that enable you to maintain it moving forward.

Our services include:

  • Transformation planning and formalisaton
  • Transformation mobilisation
  • Transformation delivery
  • Change management
  • Executive coaching
  • Assurance and governance management
  • Compliance and risk management
  • Value management
  • Vendor management
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