5 Tips for Agile Transformation
Implementing Agile methodology within your organization can increase efficiency, allowing you to better serve clients as they demand quicker time-to-market for key features. But succeeding with an Agile transformation can be difficult without the experience of someone who has been through the process before and learned what pitfalls to avoid.
At Saxony Partners, our team of digital consultants helps clients transition smoothly into Agile methodology without dramatically disrupting business processes or risking wasted time and frustrated employees. Here are five Agile transformation tips from our team of pros.
Tips for Agile Transformation
1. Start with a clear goal in mind.
The quickest way to give up on Agile before you ever really get started is to begin adopting Agile practices before clearly defining and stating your end goals.
It can be tempting to write off Agile as “clever in theory, impossible in practice.” But the key to ensuring organization-wide commitment to your Agile transformation is to properly adapt Agile practices to your unique environment. Discern what you want to accomplish as an organization first, then build towards the goal with Agile practices instead of following an Agile transformation book or cheat sheet to the letter.
Your goal should be specific in nature: instead of something like “work faster and make better products,” try “incorporate direct customer feedback into every sprint demo/planning” or “get all teams running on a two-week sprint cadence.”
This is where it’s helpful to have a third-party advisor to document your business practices and make recommendations on how to best implement Agile.
2. Build the right transformation team.
To help each corner of your organization adjust to this new methodology, appoint key employees to a transformation team. This team will guide the Agile transformation process and implement changes at each level. Ideally, team members will be spread across different areas of the organization rather than condensed solely at the leadership level. These people need to be advocates for the process in order for it to be successful.
3. Create a method to measure your progress.
The only way to ensure your Agile transformation is working at each stage of the process is to measure it regularly, monitoring and adjusting as you go. Before you begin adopting Agile, make sure your organization has determined how to track progress and report on it.
Establish within your teams what ideal success should look like and how it will be measured. Make sure it is crystal clear to both managers and employees. One metric to keep in mind: team satisfaction. You need strong buy-in from your teams in order for Agile to work successfully.
4. Implement best practices gradually.
As we’ve already stated, you should start your Agile transformation with a clear goal in mind. Once you have done that, the first step you take should be the smallest change needed to achieve it.
If you start out with small changes and build on them slowly, it will be easier for your organization to accept them and function productively.
5. Define how you want to scale and grow.
Once you have laid the foundation for Agile methodology, determine how it will scale beyond the pilot teams.
Focus on how you can best add value to your organization. Assign clear KPIs to your team members and use them to keep growing and become more efficient.
Saxony Partners Agile Expertise
If you need industry expertise from a third-party to assist your transition into Agile methodology, our digital consultants at Saxony Partners can help.
We specialize in:
-Scrum Team Set-up
-Product Owner Training
-Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
-Continuous Delivery Pipelines
-Best Practice for Test Driven Development
-Measuring Lead/Cycle Time