Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CIO’s Digital Agenda XXXII: IT Agility

Agility within and of itself is a strategy.

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Agility is not only the ability to create the change, but also the capability to adapt to the changes. Within an IT, organizational agility should be defined as the speed in which the organization can enable the enterprise's goals and objectives as IT strategy is an integral element of business strategy. Agile is a culture as well! It is important to recognize that moving to Agile may require a significant culture change that affects the entire business. It certainly is NOT just a "development thing.”

IT Agility

  • CIO’s Agile Way: The business environment is volatile and uncertain; we have been experiencing the rapid pace of business and technology evolution since the emergence of the internet, so it is imperative that IT leaders embrace agile philosophy and development methodologies, from doing agile to being agile. But more specifically, what’s CIO’s Agile Way?

  • How to Define IT Agility? Agility is a common business term that is used frequently these days to measure how fast business will respond to opportunities or threats, and enterprises are even having key agility indicators. IT Agility is about how IT will enable business agility, how fast IT will deliver the required effectively and efficiency. The more alignment between business and IT the more level of agility for both will be achieved.

  • IT Agility vs. Strategy: We all remember the old saying: culture eats strategy for lunch. Nowadays, as the speed of change is accelerated, there comes to the new saying: Agility will eat strategy every morning. Are agility and strategy mutually exclusive or they do co-exist? And what’s the best way to balance strategy and IT agility?

  • Is Agile a set of Principles or Practices? Agile originally started out as a revolution against rigid, dogmatic practices, but the ironic is that the way some people practice Agile has come full circle back to that rigid adherence to the mechanics of how practices are implemented and have lost sight of the original intent of Agile. So here is an interesting debate: Is agile a set of principles or practices?

  • How to Overcome the Obstacles of Agile Transformation? More and more organizations are on their journey from doing Agile to being agile, and there are many obstacles on the way, what are the causes of those failures, do they fail to follow the principles, or are they failing to do the best practices? Are they failing forward or backward? Who should take more responsibility -the leadership or fellowship?

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