CBR – Fleur Bamber – 9/1/17
[Ed. Note: Byline written by Fleur Bamber, director, Agile Management, CA Technologies.]
Fleur Bamber from CA Technologies details the five key steps to consider when looking to make an ‘agile’ transformation.
‘Agility’ has been presented as a cure for many corporate ills, including overcoming organisational rigidity. Many ‘rigid’ organisations continue to use 20th century systems that are top-down command-and-control, with burdensome processes of governance and tooling that reinforce compliance over creativity and enablement. Some businesses also begin to ‘do Agile’ and ‘embrace agility’ without a clear consensus on the true definition of this approach, or how it can help a company succeed in today’s fast-paced world.
Let us face it. Agility has become a buzzword, following the likes of ‘synergy’. I, for one, do not mind whether Agile is referred to in a capital-A way. What I do care about is applying lean concepts such as ‘inspect and adapt’, ‘limit work-in-process’ and ‘eliminate waste’. I care about better leveraging today’s best practices in product development to accelerate market responsiveness, by increasing something I call ‘organisational metabolism’.