The AgileSparks Way – Our Implementation/Transformation Approach

The AgileSparks Way – Our Implementation/Transformation Approach

The AgileSparks way

Kickoff: Plan and Prepare for Agility

  • Initial meetings with leaders.
  • 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
  • Establish the vision for the journey
  • Build buy-in among the leadership team for the need and the approach

Key Deliverables:

List of pains / opportunities

Goals

Common language

Management/Leadership buy-in including willingness to put in hard work and make some compromises as part of a non-trivial journey

High level plan for the journey and more concrete plan for Kickoff and first 100 days of the implementation

Initial setup: 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

Established key metrics/indicators we will monitor to help guide the Agile journey to achieving the desired outcomes

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 work on in the Improve phase

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

Accelerate: Competent at Adapting/Improving

Key Deliverables

Continuous improvement ability – can expect continued stream of significant evolutionary improvements without external coaching

Reached the agreed upon updated goals

Achieved significant reduction in level of pain in areas identified at the end of Stabilize.

Organization is familiar with – and knows how to use – a set of key improvement techniques and tools to continue their ongoing improvement journey.

Closure: Learn from the Journey

Key Deliverables

Lessons for future change initiatives

Identified next steps to ensure continued improvement

Identified and implemented mode of external coaching support/maintenance

Identified opportunities to leverage agility elsewhere in the organization

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

Metrics/KPIs – Measuring progress on the Agile Journey

 

A key question along the journey is “Are we there yet?” or even “Are we on the right track?”

In the Initiate and Plan stage we identify goals/desired outcomes

In the Kickoff stage we establish key metrics/indicators – whether qualitative or quantitative – to accompany each goal/desired outcome

While these are customized for each journey, we’ve helped people through enough journeys/transformations to actually notice patterns that can be a good starting point for the customization process. This slide deck describes this set of metrics/indicators

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