Implementing an Agile Approach

Implementing Agile is a serious endeavor. The first question you should ask yourself is WHY – Why Agile? What am I looking to improve through implementing Agile? Make sure have good reasons that go beyond the superficial “Because everybody’s doing it”. 

You should plan for a serious initiative that will require your attention, ongoing management and inspiring leadership. Just because Agile talks about self-organized teams doesn’t mean it can be implemented by remote-control. Get ready to pull up your sleeves and do some hard work!

We’ve helped companies such as HP, Intel, AT&T, Cisco, Informatica, Siemens, Amdocs, CyberArk. We would love to help you too.

Is an Agile Implementation Right For You?

All too often, companies implement Agile simply because it’s popular. Unfortunately, when this is done in a superficial way – without regard to context and your specific needs and objectives – the results are poor.

YOU NEED SPEED SO YOU CAN LEARN QUICKLY

Your product development process is too slow, resulting in late times to market. Lack of speed can hurt competitive advantage, reduce market share and lower sales.

YOU NEED MORE FLEXIBILITY

Your ability to maneuver and change direction of the project or product is limited. As a result, not only your process suffers but you’re struggling to apply any learning to your business.

YOUR ORGANIZATION IS SILOED

Your teams are function-oriented. Delivering value requires them to work across many teams, dependencies and bureaucracy, making it difficult to move fast and effectively. People feel micromanaged and dis-empowered.

YOU LACK VISIBILITY & TRANSPARENCY

Because your process lacks visibility, you’re unable to tell both your sales team and your customers when things will be ready. As a result, you cannot make the necessary business predictions.

Keys to a Successful Agile Implementation

IMPLEMENT AGILE USING AGILE

Implementing Agile “By The Book” rarely works. The same Inspect & Adapt mindset we use to deal with the requirement/technology uncertainty in software/system development should be applied to the transformation/change management process. We use practices such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean Startup, Open Space to drive the agile change process in an agile way. A side benefit is acceleration of the understanding of a Lean/Agile mindset at the organizational level.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP – SHOW THE WAY, SUPPORT THE JOURNEY

Today’s environment demands agility. You must be able to balance commitment and predictability with a flexible process that adapts to market needs. We’ll show you how to put the “agility” back into your Agile.

BE WILLING TO DEAL WITH THE OBSTACLES THAT AGILE SURFACES

Implementing Agile surfaces a lot of problems. It always seems like Agile is actually making things worse. The key is to prioritize those obstacles/problems and tackle them while making sure everybody understands the reason for the pain, the fact it is being dealt with, and reminding the vision we’re going through this tough change for.

Our Process

A consistent process is the key to success. We follow a proven blueprint to set goals and plan, implement, scale and improve your Agile deployment. Each implementation we do is customized to the needs, structure and goals of your organization. We call our approach The AgileSparks Way.

Testimonials from our agile implementations

Do you need help in becoming agile? Contact us and let’s see if we can help