Agile Methodology as a Business Asset
Agile adoption is a journey that transforms the way your IT organization functions. Successfully navigating the optimal Agile path calls for change management throughout your organizational structure, personnel behavior, team dynamics, current processes, and available tools.
The world is only beginning to understand the benefits of Agile transformation. In contrast to waterfall methodology, Agile offers easy access to adaptability. By working on short-term goals in (typically) two-week windows, organizations of all sizes and in any industry can pivot to both internal and external influences. Metal Toad understands the constant pressure on organizations to be current and flexible to their customers’ needs. Gone are the days of rigid structural process and archaic workflows and, unless your business embraces at least some central tenets of Agile, you may be at risk of obsolescence. Consulting Metal Toad’s Agile approach keeps you and your organization prepared to seize any opportunity as it emerges.
The Metal Toad Approach to Agile Transformation
This approach is consultative, thorough, and prescriptive. Metal Toad’s trained Agile experts dig into all parts of your organization’s workflow and leave no stone unturned. Due to this, the success of Metal Toad’s process to Agile transformation relies on the following:
- Your team’s candid input.
- Unfettered access to all internal personnel and processes.
- Willing compliance with implementation process.
- Organizational commitment to long-term change management.
This process is tested and hardened and we look forward to bringing it into your organization! Check out what this full process looks like below.
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This is perhaps the most the important step that any team can take toward Agile transformation – and it all starts with leadership.
Metal Toad Consultants will help your leadership clearly articulate the transformational vision of Agile and how the entire organization will benefit. With years of experience and a unique set of tools, Metal Toad guides both business and IT leadership through the aggregation of candid feedback from people throughout their organization.
Transforming entrenched workflows and processes is hard work. In order to root out all Agile opportunities, Metal Toad teams will need open access to all of your business processes. Formulating a holistic picture of your business is critical to project success and anything that is hidden from view is an opportunity lost.
This unfettered access will feed the documentation that lays the groundwork for the Agile transformation to come. These documents will serve as the project’s North Star and – in truly Agile fashion – can be iterated upon to further optimize their impact on the organization as a whole.
Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that Agile methodology is not only applicable for digital projects. Leadership will be encouraged to introduce Agile to non-technology projects and initiatives. The entire organization would be primed to work in an Agile setting, bringing widespread improvements in efficiency and agility.
Once the transformational vision is articulated and the upfront discovery is complete, leadership can identify the right set of people to own, plan, and run the implementation process. This team can include individuals from all over the organization, though most typically senior members from the IT organization and business operations groups lead the way. This group will be known as the Implementation Team.
Obviously, it is a good idea to include internal members who have experience in Agile development. This team should include people who are running projects under more traditional methods but now see the value of Agile and are convinced that it will yield better benefits. It is important for the team to secure buy-in from the development, operations, and business stakeholders to focus on early success. The Implementation Team should also take into account the infrastructure or other support from vendors necessary to realize quick benefits.
The Implementation Team should identify the opportunities for early success and make sure that the business, IT leadership, project teams, and other key stakeholders see some quick benefits through the Agile ways of working. For example, they could identify a couple of projects that would deliver a critical feature set to production faster using the Agile methods and subsequently create a data-backed business case for pursuing these opportunities to get to success quickly.
Agile transition is a mindset change. After implementation, continuous company-wide communication is necessary to reinforce the need for Agile and its benefits. This communication could happen through a wide variety of channels, such as lunch-and-learns, internal newsletters, blogs, in-office posters, and gamification of the Agile process.
While running the broad-based socialization campaign, the Implementation Team should plan for continuous Agile training for all business units. Structuring the training to impart easily-consumable knowledge on the fundamentals of Agile is a must, and then it should be followed by a more focused training on specific Agile practices. A key component of these training courses should be behavioral aspects of the team dynamics.
To successfully scale up Agile adoption, the Implementation Team will pair with leadership to draft the long-term plan to embed it in the organization's culture. All organizations are different and, though Metal Toad’s Agile teams have a wealth of experience in this space, you know your organization best. You can count on Metal Toad’s counsel throughout the implementation (and after) and any actions you take to foster adoption will be actively supported.
Agile transformation is an organizational change management exercise. It should be planned and executed in an integrated manner with support and commitment from all stakeholders.