Agile. Has this word become so overused as to be meaningless? Not yet. In 2018, being agile means being pragmatic, refusing imperfection, and looking for ways to improve. It’s showing the desire and ability to renew oneself and innovate to meet new expectations. Agile practices are meaningless without this mindset, and that’s how they should be used.
Agility is a conviction, a calling, a drive to go even further, better, to change how you work. Its cultural and behavioral aspects are vital.
But where should you start? Well, it depends: on the organizational context, on the level of maturity, and even on the desire to create change.
Agile coaching is essential for any organization that wants to become more agile. It generally requires a good understanding of project mode. It also requires maturity, and the elimination of dogma. An agile coach must prioritize pragmatism, and forget about their own methods to figure out what is best for the client. Our coaches are trained to create value and ensure the agile concepts are successfully adopted.
Creation of personalized agile “methods” and shifting to product-centered organization
How can we reconcile business, development, and operations to continuously create value? By respecting what is already in place and helping it evolve on its own.
To do so, we analyze the company’s existing methods and look for avenues of improvement. We determine where an agile value proposition makes sense. We integrate the key elements of the main agile construction methods and tests, such as Scrum and Safe. We use the best of both worlds, respecting both standards without distorting them.
We also help non-IT staff adopt a project orientation by creating standards based on visual management and agile practices and values.
Design-Thinking & Product Ownership
In the past several years, the agile value chain has moved from product manufacturing all the way to design. Today, all companies need to engage in Design Thinking and Product Ownership, with their principles of ideation, prototyping, segmentation, and prioritization according to value. The ability to successfully use Impact Mapping, Innovation Games, and Design Sprints has become an essential condition for the application of agility, resulting in greater engagement and collaboration.