You need your people to innovate. You want to be nimble. You need to experiment more. You know the pace needs to pick up. You need to empower your teams. You need collaboration.
You need agile.
Yes, but how? Partner with us to gear up your organisation, leaders and teams. It's not just about techniques - it starts with an agile mindset. Get that right, then upskill to build an agile organisation.
Isn't it all just about IT? No, not anymore. Our background isn't IT, so we're not trying to fit a whole business foot into a tiny IT slipper. You can apply agile across your organisation from marketing to HR.
We tailor our agile development to you. What do your people need? We'll customise your development programmes - workshops, coaching, eLearning.
Some building blocks of Agile
To get to grips with agile thinking, look far and wide. Think obliquity; rock and water logic; and systems thinking. Drop the fiction of prediction. Our world is fast-paced and VUCA - volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Linear thinking, and step-by-step planning has dominated for so long; now think agile and take on board a new mindset.
Agile and innovation. Aren't they brother and sister? We believe so. Collaboration is a must. Teams are essential. The customer is at the heart of everything; design thinking gets you to that heart. And Lean Startup gives you a basic framework. But let's not forget failure. It'll come along for the ride. Innovative businesses are disrupting themselves before the competition. Are you?
Teams - the heart of agile. Self-managing, empowered teams, using their strengths to move from one project to another. Teaming - people playing different roles in different teams - is all part of the mix.
But great teams don't just happen. Trust is the foundation, followed by open dialogue, and followed again by radical candour.
How do agile teams operate? This is where we take the best from traditional agile and build on it.
How do leaders lead innovation, change and uncertainty? Start with the customer, build great flexible teams, encourage experiments and learn to fail. They're all agile essentials. But let's get right back to basics. Agile leaders empower, trust, coach and collaborate. Agile leaders promote an agile mindset: a very different leadership approach for some.
Coaching who exactly? Well, agile teams and one-on-one. Agile coaching is an essential part of the agile toolkit. How else do you get empowerment? How else do you break away from command and control? And coaching isn’t telling in disguise. It means questioning, then questioning more and challenging people to bring about fresh thinking and action.
Human Resources, Customer Service, Finance, Strategy, Policy - whatever area needs agile. Or agile the whole organisation.
Yes, it's about applying an agile mindset and principles to any part of the business. But it's not about applying one standard formula. Each business area has a different jumping off point. That's why our approaches are tailored to each group of people and meets specific needs.
White paper: Crooked timber thinking before agile
Agile is more than just a way of working; it's a mindset. And all sorts of roads lead to that mindset. Many have been been around for a while, and others' roots are a long way from what we now call agile. But they're all relevant and have led us to our agile mindset.
E-learning module: What you need to know about business agility
Today our business world is unpredictable. Traditional practices are becoming increasingly irrelevant. We need to be flexible and fast just to stand still, let alone stay ahead of our competitors and deliver what customers want.
The Training Practice and Lift Education bring you this short guide to Business Agility – what it is and how you can use it.
Agile beyond IT
The Agile Manifesto has 12 key principles—we’ve translated them for Agile beyond the IT world.