Today agility, business and technology, is a must for any organization to survive in any market. The rate of change is exponentially higher now than what it was ten years ago. Traditional management, development and service providing methodologies are crippling growth and innovation for organizations.

A fully agile organization can provide limitless possibilities. An article in the Harvard Business Review discusses some of the obstacles that can create impediments to achieving goals effectively. They will get the expected results, speed, but unfortunately, it is diminished value as the full benefits of agility are overlooked.

An Agile organization is more than a set of processes and sprints; it is an organism that is in sync and flows. Most focus on the “maturity” of their agile frameworks, which will inherently keep traditional practices in place creating clashes on their agile path. There is a different way to approach agility. It should be viewed as an evolutionary path, not maturity.

Issues experienced

With agile organizations

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.

Here to help

Is an evolving agile environment for you?

Are you feeling trapped in old routines and outdated practices? It’s time to break free and discover a better way forward. Whether you’re facing last-minute challenges or struggling to maintain transparency and productivity, we’re here to help. Our collaborative approach begins with understanding your unique needs, crafting a personalized path, and guiding you towards agility success.

At Berriault and Associates, we bring experience and proven techniques to every client engagement. We partner with businesses of all sizes to harness the benefits of an agile environment and solve complex problems quickly and efficiently.

So why is an evolving agile environment essential for your business? It’s simple:

Boosted Employee Satisfaction: Happy teams lead to happy customers. Studies show that an agile environment focused on empowerment and improvement correlates with higher employee satisfaction scores, ultimately driving customer satisfaction.

Strategic Focus: Say goodbye to tactical distractions. In an agile environment, leaders can shift their focus to strategic initiatives, guiding the organization toward future success.

Enhanced Value Realization: It’s not just about speed; it’s about delivering value that resonates with your customers. With agile environments, you can stay ahead of market changes and ensure your offerings meet evolving needs.

But how do you achieve these benefits? It starts with:

Assessments: Gain valuable insights and identify potential roadblocks with a comprehensive assessment tailored to your needs.

Focused Coaching: Our dedicated coaches adhere to the highest ethical standards, providing personalized support to help you and your teams succeed every step of the way.

Ready to unleash the power of agility and drive your business towards success? Contact us today to learn how Berriault and Associates can help you achieve your goals. Let’s embark on this journey together towards a more agile and prosperous future.

Some examples of tactical thinking could be:

  • Sudden change in the framework

  • Sudden change in resources

  • Reliance on tools over the process

Let’s have a discussion on how we can help:

  • Transform your organization with agile values

  • Evolve your current organization’s agile methodologies to the next level

  • Reduce frustrations in software or service delivery

  • Empower teams so the organization can be more Strategic.

What do you

Get with evolving agility training and coaching?

Concepts & Foundations – Outcome – Understanding of agile delivery – Removal of misconceptions – Agile leadership

Introduction to agile delivery

  • Perceptions of agile delivery

  • The Why of agile delivery

  • The What of agile delivery

  • Agile values
  • Agile project management

The Interaction of Why, How and What for agile delivery

  • The Golden circle

  • The interaction that glues it together for successful agile delivery

Leadership agility

  • Understand agile leadership

  • Actions and behaviours to be an agile leader

Giving what is needed to succeed

  • Ensuring teams have what they need

  • Focused on continuous improvement

  • Providing needs for a robust and agile infrastructure

Product/Service discovery

  • Understanding how to effectively use Roadmaps, Release plans, and Backlogs

  • Understand Needs and Wants

  • How to give customers what they need and keep them loyal

Creativity

  • Creation of products/services

  • Understanding the drawbacks of not completing work effectively

  • Planning out deliveries in the best way for all stakeholders

Keeping it agile

  • Team performance

  • Confirming agile behaviours are consistent
  • “Walk the Talk”

Team success

  • Self-organizing teams

  • Team agreements

  • Retrospectives
  • High trust culture

For the live or live virtual courses

Throughout the course, the following additional topics on how they interact and connect with the different components will be a part of the discussions.

  • Agile Roles

  • Estimation

  • Agile Project Delivery
  • Agile Artifacts

Workshops

Test Strategy Workshop

The workshop aims to guide participants through the process of developing an effective test strategy and plan tailored to agile software development projects

Test Case workshop

The workshop aims to familiarize participants with the concept of component testing, teach them how to write practical small test cases and demonstrate how these small test cases can be combined to create comprehensive end-to-end tests

Flow metrics and forecasting

  • Understand the concept of probabilistic forecasting and its benefits
  • Learn how to collect and analyze flow metrics to create probabilistic forecasts
  • Develop practical skills in interpreting and communicating probabilistic forecasts

Epics and Stories

  • Understand the principles of epics and user stories in agile development
  • Learn techniques to dissect traditional requirement documents into manageable user stories
  • Develop the ability to prioritize and organize user stories for effective development cycles
  • Apply practical exercises to create your own set of Agile epics and user stories

Dialogue and discussion

  • Understand the foundational concepts of dialogue and discussion
  • Differentiate between dialogue and discussion and their respective benefits
  • Explore practical techniques for cultivating effective dialogue within teams and organizations
  • Discuss the implications of fostering a culture of dialogue for personal and organizational growth

Understand the foundational concepts of dialogue and discussion

  • Differentiate between dialogue and discussion and their respective benefits
  • Explore practical techniques for cultivating effective dialogue within teams and organizations
  • Discuss the implications of fostering a culture of dialogue for personal and organizational growth

Envisionsing

  • Understand the characteristics and behaviours associated with the Envisioning component
  • Explore practical ways to create a shared vision and alignment within Agile teams
  • Discuss the role of envisioning in fostering a sense of purpose and direction

Replenishment policy

  • Understand the significance of a replenishment policy in software development
  • Learn the key factors and considerations for designing a tailored policy
  • Develop a practical replenishment policy that aligns with the organization’s needs

System thinking

  • Understand the concepts and principles of systems thinking
  • Learn how to analyze problems using a systems thinking approach
  • Apply systems thinking to real-world scenarios
 

Affirming

  • Understand the characteristics and behaviours associated with the Affirming component
  • Explore practical ways to provide positive feedback and recognition within agile teams
  • Discuss the role of affirmation in creating a motivating and supportive team environment

Teaming

  • Understand the characteristics and behaviours associated with the Teaming component.
  • Explore practical ways to enhance collaboration, communication, and trust within agile teams.
  • Discuss the role of effective teeming in fostering a positive and productive team culture.

Throughput management

  • Understand the principles behind DBR Boards, Throughput Management Boards, and Flow Efficiency Boards
  • Learn how to create, interpret, and update these boards for different projects and initiatives
  • Discover the strategic benefits of visualizing work, bottlenecks, and flow efficiency
  • Gain practical experience through interactive activities and simulations

Flow management

  • To understand the concept of “full kitting” in the context of workflow management.
  • To explore how TameFlow principles can enhance workflow efficiency.
  • To identify the differences in workflow management between teams and portfolios.

Design Thinking

  • Understand the fundamental principles of Design Thinking
  • Learn how to empathize with users and define problems
  • Practice ideating, prototyping, and testing solutions

Constraints management

  • Understand the significance of constraints management in project and operational contexts
  • Learn the core principles of the TameFlow methodology and how it relates to constraints
  • Develop the ability to identify and prioritize constraints using practical techniques
  • Explore strategies for optimizing constraints to drive operational excellence

Crafting

  • To enhance Agile leadership skills in planning and product quality.
  • To empower team members to actively engage in planning and product building.
  • To improve product delivery to meet or exceed expectations.

Scheduling workshop

  • Understand the fundamental principles of Drum-Buffer-Rope scheduling
  • Explore the roles of constraints, buffers, and synchronization in the scheduling process
  • Apply DBR concepts through interactive activities and simulations
  • Discuss real-world applications and benefits of DBR in production environments

Agile Leadership

  • Understand the characteristics and behaviours associated with the Leading Performance Circle
    Explore practical ways to exhibit leadership behaviours within an Agile context
    Discuss the role of the Leading Performance Circle in creating an environment of accountability and innovation
     

Performing

  • Understand the characteristics and behaviors associated with the Performance Circle
  • Explore practical strategies to enhance individual and team performance in Agile settings
  • Discuss the role of the Performance Circle in creating a culture of continuous improvement

Providing

  • Introduce the concept of the Providing component within the Agile Performance Holarchy©
  • Explain how mutual support and resource sharing contribute to team synergy
  • Facilitate a discussion on participants’ perceptions of resource sharing and support in Agile settings
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