Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Book “Digital Agility - The Rocky Road from Doing Agile to Being Agile” Conclusion

Agile is more as a direction, not a destination.

Agile is both a philosophy and methodology to run a digital organization. Agility plays a significant impact on digital transformation. Agility involves the whole ecosystem, including all the stakeholders, from the customer’s requirement to the delivery, and common understanding is an essential input towards the transformation.

Agile is a CULTURE, not a process: Agile is not SCRUM, it’s not just XP, it’s a culture within which those processes can flourish.There can be an end state to learning a specific process, but self-improvement is a significant part of the underlying culture. If you want to transform the organization to radical digital with high-level agility, you need to change the mindset and culture. Many organizations are struggling with “being agile,” because they have no common understanding across the board, regardless of methodology, due to their overall culture or mindset. The mindset change has to do with understanding that doing things differently to embrace agility will bring about the business goal more effectively.

The organization becomes more resilient with high-level of digital agility: The world keeps on turning, spinning, and innovating around you, and there will be new technologies, new approaches, new tools, new people that will have an impact on your team and your organization. An agile business at any scale that can retain an overall sense of vision and purpose, can communicate effectively, continuously improve, reflect on its own limitations and respond to change dynamically. Eventually, you are spending time “trimming and paring,” finding small things to improve and adjusting to current conditions, looking for new ways to keep agile as a dynamic equilibrium rather than an “end state.”

Agile is more as a direction, not a destination: Agile never ends. The driver for transformation would differ from organization to organization based on what the specific problem they are trying to solve is. It is that desired state to be that determines what the mode of the ecosystem of delivery would be. Nevertheless, eliminating waste and continuously improving should always be ongoing objectives even if you obtain sufficient agility since this can be lost as there are so many variables in the business environment. The more you improve in one area, the more could expose the weakness in others. So the hard part is not getting content with where you are, and always looking to continue improving.

The world is changing and continuous adaptation is the only way to survive in a competitive world. Agile is no just a business principle, but a life principle. It’s a journey of learning, experimenting and improving for betterment, advancement, and high-achievement.

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