The AgileSparks Way For Implementing Agile

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Plan & Initiate: Plan and Prepare for Agility

  1. Initial meetings with leaders.
  2. Thinking/Planning Assessment and Focus Management Workshop (usually 2 days)
  • Map the group goals and current situation, set the goals for the new process
  • Introduction and discussion of key Lean/Agile solutions with a focus on the group’s context and goals
  • Understand how Agile approaches can help the group reach its improvement goals (discuss small batches using Agile Requirements, Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban, Agile releases, Lean Startup approaches, commitments in Agile, etc.)
  • Design the high level process approach to delivery and improvement for the group and understand its implications and implementation steps
  • Establishing buy-in and vision for the process.

Key Deliverables:

  • List of pains/ opportunities
  • Goals
  • Common language
  • Management buy-in including willingness to pay the “price”
  • High level plan for the journey and more concrete plan for Kickoff
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Kickoff: Achieve Basic Agility

Key Deliverables:

– All initial process and building blocks deployed and can be observed in operation
– Organization is starting to learn the new way of working and gets ready to stabilize

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Stabilize: Reach Competent Agility with the Current Process

Key Deliverables:

  • Reached the agreed upon goals
  • Reduced significantly the identified pains
  • Current process feels reasonably ok, feeling we are after the initial storming.
  • Can sustain current process/practices even without support/coaching
  • Can expect limited amount of further improvement/tweaks will happen without support/coaching
  • Have updated goals/pains to address in the Improve phase
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Recharge Organizational Energies for Further Improvement

“Digest” the new process and maintain stable operation

Key Deliverables:

Recharged energies and now ready to take significant improvement steps

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Improve: Competent at Adapting/Improving

Key Deliverables:

  • Continuous improvement capability – can expect continued stream of significant evolutionary improvements without external coaching
  • Reached the agreed upon updated goals
  • Reduced significantly new pains identified at end of Stabilize
  • Organization is familiar with, and knows how, to use a set of key continuous improvement techniques and tools – Control Charts, Five Whys, Retrospectives, A3, etc.
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Closure: Learn from the Journey

Key Deliverables:

– Lessons for future change initiatives
– Identified next steps to ensure continued improvement
– Identified and implement mode of external coaching support/maintenance
– Identified opportunities to leverage agility elsewhere in the organization

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Maintenance: Keep the Fire Burning

Key Deliverables:

– Periodic meetings with role players, to support and keep energy levels high
– Support improvement initiatives
– Health checks” to identify areas that need attention

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