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Business Agility

What is Business Agility?

Business Agility is the ability of an organisation to:

  • Adapt quickly to market changes - internally and externally -
  • Respond rapidly and flexibly to customer demands
  • Adapt and lead change in a productive and cost-effective way without compromising quality
  • Continuously be at a competitive advantage

 

The Framework for Business Agility

The Framework for Business Agility

The Agile Business Consortium is evolving the Framework for Business Agility, which is designed to help organisations become more adaptive, creative and resilient in complex and uncertain times. 

Our approach to Agile business change builds on the tried and tested DSDM heritage of Agile programmes and Agile projects and is being enhanced with a range of new elements all based on the real-world Agile experience of Consortium members and other thought leaders.

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What is an Agile Business?

An Agile Business is an organisation that embraces the Agile philosophy and values at its core, from it’s people and culture, to its structure and technology, consequently an Agile Business is customer centric.

An Agile Business can respond quickly and effectively to opportunities and threats found in its internal and external environments (be they commercial, legal, technological, social, moral or political).

 

Why be Agile?

So, why Agile? The future is unpredictable, and with the world and its technology changing ever faster, it is creating greater uncertainty on our needs and requirements. Businesses that are able to embrace Agile are able to adapt faster, delivering little and often, testing the environment and remaining customer focused. 

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Towards an Agile Culture

The Agile Business Consortium has been developing its thinking on culture, and specifically what Agile Culture means for organisations of all shapes and sizes.

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Agile Leadership: How Mindfulness Enables Success with Kathy Berkidge

This webinar discusses how mindfulness enables effective agile leadership.

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Nine Principles for Agile Culture & Leadership Video

Agile Leadership is essential if an organisation is to effect true Agile business change.

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Agile Leadership

We believe Agile Leadership is more than just “good leadership”; we would argue that it is “great leadership” that gets better! 

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What is Agile Leadership? Agile Leadership feels very different to, say, traditional leadership. The differences are in leadership style and the willingness to expand capacity and extend capabilities to be more Agile. This also feels very different to leadership where leaders are going through the motions of just doing Agile because of some wider directive.

 

Leaders need to go beyond adopting an Agile mindset. The Agile Business Consortium has been working with organisations of all sizes to distil the essence of Agile Leadership and identify competencies, capabilities and capacities of an Agile Leader. Learn more about the nine principles.

Agile Culture

Agile Culture is about creating an environment that is underpinned by core values, behaviours and practices which enable all levels of an organisation to better adapt to cultural changes.

Within a company that has adopted an Agile Culture, uncertainty can be handled more efficiently by a team that is naturally more adaptive, flexible and innovative.

 

The seven elements of an Agile Culture DNA:

  1. Unleashed purpose and meaningful results
  2. Agile Leadership
  3. Well-being and fulfilment
  4. Collaborative communities and distributed authority
  5. Trust and transparency
  6. Adaptability to change
  7. Innovation, learning and personal mastery

 

This Agile Culture resides amongst the people in an organisation rather than the structure, processes and systems. Any organisation that has (most of) these elements of DNA in its make-up will be well on the path to behaving in an Agile way. 

 

An Agile Culture, towards business agility

Read “Towards an Agile Culture” to continue your journey to business agility. The paper explains the symbiotic relationship between culture and leadership and how it shapes and influences change within organisations.

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Learning and sharing platform - The Agile Dojo

To support its mission the Consortium is creating a collaborative online learning platform to help individuals and organisations on their agile journey – the Agile Dojo.  The Dojo has a growing collection of ‘bite size’ hints, tips, case studies and other learnings that support the adoption of Business Agility.

Try it - and give us feedback on what you find, and what you’d like us to include. If you have content you would like to offer for inclusion in the Dojo, please submit it here.

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