The Key Steps to Business Agility for Beginners

Deema Dajani

This edition of Software Confidential is by Deema Dajani, Senior Principal Transformation Consultant at CA Technologies. Deema thrives on taking Fortune 500 companies through successful, large-scale agile transformations.

Ensure Executive Support for Agility.

People and culture are important. If an organization’s leaders understand how agile can benefit the company, give it their full support and embody its principles, employees will follow. For this to succeed, leaders must focus less on managing people and more on the environment and its constraints. By empowering staff to make in-the-moment decisions, leaders are setting up organizational health.

Break the Silos.

Organizations should structure teams into value streams, focusing on how customer value flows across silos. Development teams and business stakeholders need lines of sight into each other’s priorities and must talk regularly to ensure they align their visions with the company’s direction. During each product development iteration, they must review each milestone in a concise but comprehensive fashion.

Put Yourself in Your Customers' Shoes.

The most important thing to realize is that implementing an agile strategy is a journey, and not a destination. Even the most agile of organizations find it takes time to deploy the mindset and act accordingly. It’s not “when do we get business agility?” but “how much agility do we have to respond to change?” And “how quickly can we deliver what customers want us to deliver?”

By Deema Dajani | 01 Nov 2017