Research showed that over 80% of companies using agile delivery models would not be considered agile and are therefore not experiencing the full value that an agile organization can provide. Mckinsey research showed that only 4% of organizations studied are enterprise wide following agile paths.
Agile methodologies are becoming used more in a broader area of work outside of software delivery. Service development, Marketing, Support and Sales are seeing the value of having the ability to quickly adapt, mitigate risks sooner, and efficiently get work done for internal or external clients.
Unfortunately the majority of organizations get stuck in a Tactical loop due to dealing with “fire, fights”, which takes time away from the Strategical thinking needed to bring the organization to the next level. A continuous Tactical mindset is stressful and exhausting to everyone involved. That stress and need for a large audience to put out these “fires” impact employee satisfaction which in turn will impact client satisfaction.
What most don’t understand about agility is it discipline heavy. One must be disciplined enough to keep to the path and not fall back on the old ways of doing things.
Jacko Willink, author of Extreme Ownership, says it best: “Discipline is the pathway to freedom.” Keeping on the agile path in leadership and development will create a more evolving, successful and creative environment for all stakeholders.