Insights from the Agile Business Awards 2023
Insights from Peter Coesmans, Chief Agility Officer at Agile Business Consortium
This insights report is based on the learnings gathered from the Agile Business Awards 2023, organised by the Agile Business Consortium, the independent professional body for business agility.
As part of the Awards process, organisations are reviewed and receive feedback on their business agility by a group of independent reviewers. The Framework for Business Agility (FBA) serves as the basis for the review. The FBA provides an independent, agnostic, inclusive way to assess the business agility of an organisation, a department, an enterprise, or a project or programme. It is independent of methodology, technology, agile framework, or sector in which it is used.
This report by no means can describe the current status of business agility. It is only based on the information we have received from organisations that have been reviewed. Most organisations entered the Awards, because they felt they had a (positive) story to tell about their agility journey, wanted to be open and transparent about it and welcomed feedback from peers. If nothing else, this report therefore describes what ‘good practice’ looks like, when it comes to business agility. Rather than a quantitative report in which large numbers of organisations state their views, this report is high in its qualitative insights, gathered through a thorough process in which organisations record their learnings in a formatted way, with independent expert reviewers then qualifying and commenting on them. Nevertheless, we will also provide you with some numbers and their interpretation.
We had applications from many parts of the world, from entire organisations both large and small, from departments, functions, or project teams within organisations. We had organisations that have been becoming more agile for over 5 years, and some organisations that had embarked on their journey just over a year before. There is learning from every kind of organisation throughout its journey. In this report, we strive to provide you with as much information as we can, without disclosing any information about the individual applications and applicants, whether they were successful in the awards process or not.