Closing the gap: making business agility more than a want
Most companies want the benefits of business agility, but face similar challenges
From startups to established companies, it’s a common problem: how can a business stay ahead despite constantly changing environments and increasing complexities? For many, the answer comes in Business Agility—a company’s way to sense and respond to change proactively and with confidence to deliver business value, as a matter of everyday business.
In CA’s State of Business Agility report 75% of respondents reported wanting to move towards business agility, yet only 12% of organizations are on the path to actually achieving business agility—a high disparity between want and action.
Moving from goals of business agility to reality
Implementing agile business processes isn’t easy. The widespread organizational change can make teams feel unprepared and the cultural transformation necessary seems unattainable. This is natural; a true agile transformation pushes the boundaries of existing organizational hierarchies. From our experience, we’ve noticed some recurring challenges.
These challenges can stop some organizations from implementing agile throughout their teams. However, doing so isn’t realizing the true benefits. Resiliency and adaptability need to be part of every team and functional silos must disappear to minimize dependencies, increase collaboration, and respond to environmental changes efficiently.
Overcoming these challenges can make you an early adopter of crucial practices—giving you an opportunity to help shape the space and, most importantly, enable your organization to pivot on a dime. It’s no longer enough to simply implement agile in software development. Agility is necessary throughout the entire organization. Implementing agile business practices will enable the right people to access the right information at the right time.
To hear more of about the state of business agility, common challenges in creating an agile business, and practical tips to overcome them come see my session at Agile 2018!