What is 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.
We believe Agile Leadership is more than just “good leadership”; we would argue that it is “great leadership” that gets better!
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 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:
- Unleashed purpose and meaningful results
- Agile Leadership
- Well-being and fulfilment
- Collaborative communities and distributed authority
- Trust and transparency
- Adaptability to change
- 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.
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.