Scaling... We know it's not a new concept. Organizations have been trying to sort out the best way to scale Agile ways of working for years, and as our blog from last week mentions, have often been struggling. (Scaling Agile? Beware of These 3 Common Pitfalls! if you missed it).
While there are many approaches out there to pick from, the Scrum Alliance has just released their new Scaling Course, and we’re thrilled to be one of the first certified providers of it.
You might ask – why are you putting out a scaling course now, aren’t you late to the game?
Well here comes the Yes And.... we are intentionally tackling this topic now because we have been able to observe, analyze and understand some of the unintended consequences of the previous approaches. Coming out with an offering a bit later to the game allows us to respond to some of the very real challenges we’ve seen.
While the days of “everything agile all the time” may be beyond us, the data still holds true that Agile businesses earn more. According to a 2020 McKinsey & Company report, organizations that succeed in transforming their ways of working to an agile way see their financial performance improve by 20 to 30 percent.
Be like the Winners
Because Agile organizations are continually seeking ways to optimize their strategy, organizational structure, and operations, they’re more likely to have the effective processes, data-driven insights, and a culture necessary to power growth in any environment.
Ultimately, they’re better equipped to get a high-quality product, aligned with customer needs, to the market faster.
How do we do it then?
We understand that increasing organizational agility is desired, and we understand that there are challenges in even the most popular scaling approaches to date – so how do we best do this?
First off, we don’t start by aiming for full blown organizational agility. We start by taking one or two teams and making it a department of teams all pulling together, using the same language with a shared understanding. Then, we focus on the following three capabilities:
- Increasing our comfort with ambiguity
- Increasing our understanding of patterns
- Increasing our conviction and mindset for change