Why Agile is the Business of the Boardroom
By Pamela Ashby | 8 March 2017
A new business video from the BBC is talking about Agile as being ‘the new buzzword of the boardroom'. Surprised? Probably not.
We know that any culture change needs to be led from the very top, and evolving an Agile culture within an organisation is no different. Agile has travelled far from its roots in software development. Increasingly agility is being heralded as a ‘must have’ competence right across organisations.
This video describes Agile as ‘the new way to lead businesses’ and highlights that in a world that’s moving ‘faster and faster’, it’s not going to work anymore to stick to plans that ‘are devised by the boss’. What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow, as the context will have changed. Teams need to be able to respond faster than that – meaning that they need to be empowered to act under their own steam.
Experimenting instead of planning
The way forward, suggests the video, is to learn how to improve by ‘experimenting instead of planning’. This is effective and productive where there is a close relationship with the customer, with very tight feedback loops and a responsive team. An Agile approach allows businesses to respond to customers’ needs faster, with less of an overhead of bureaucracy.
Goals instead of plans
The principle of Agile is to give teams a goal and empower them to achieve it. By staying focused on the goal instead of the plan, they’ll be able to adapt and respond to changes as they arise.
CEOs need their businesses to move faster and hold the key to making this happen. By leading a culture change towards Agile routes, C-suite executives can ensure that strategy goals are productively split through the organisation in a way that minimises silos and departmental thinking. Agile thinking can’t be mandated. It needs to be led from the top by example. As this video concludes, ‘CEOs need to let go, empower their people, and allow a truly Agile business to emerge.’
You can view the video here
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