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There's NO Secret to Starting Your Agile Transformation

First things first...  Agile transformations are a unique experience for everyone that undergoes them. How and when you make the transformation depends on your circumstances and the problems you are trying to solve. It may involve restructuring and tool enablement, or it may not; but no matter the tailoring or the specifics of the process, successful Agile Transformations always lead to a flexible, collaborative, and self-organizing environment. 

How do I get started?  The first step is always recognizing that you want to change. Once you have decided that Agile is right for you, your next move is to find and reach out to an expert who can help you plan your transformation and set you up for success with the necessary tools and training. The road to Agile can be challenging to navigate alone, but if you’re here, you’re already headed in the right direction! 

Any Agile Transformation requires applying agility at the right level, in the right places, and at the right time based on business needs. Here we present 5 basic steps.

  1. Embrace Change!

  2. The Discovery stage

  3. Training & Coaching

  4. Team Alignment & Innovation

  5. Team Engagement

Getting in the right mindset...  

You’ve heard it said over and over, “Embrace Change,” but that doesn’t need to mean blindly following in the wrong direction. Rather, it encourages openness to concepts that might seem strange or new while also considering how those concepts might be applied and how that might affect your work. After all, Agile is about flexibility and effectiveness, and our mission at ezTagile is to find the best fit for you. Listen, experiment, and be listened to in turn. That is how you embrace change – and more importantly – that is how you grow.  

Mapping your position... ...  What is discovery?  Believe it or not, discovery is just what it sounds like. It involves conducting interviews and collecting data about your organization that will tell map out how you operate, where you have problems, what you do well, what can and can’t change, and so on. It is a learning stage that must take place before a proper solution can be provided. 

For some, discovery can seem like an overwhelming and tedious process, but it is a necessary step in your Agile Transformation. How long it takes depends a lot on the size and structure of your company, not to mention your activity level.

Coaching, Training, & Lending a Helping Hand...  At first glance, coaching might seem like an unnecessary addition for those with a lot of agile training or experience. However, while training and experience are necessary parts of any agile transformation, they are NOT a replacement for coaching. Training is about collecting knowledge and learning new skills while coaching is focused on meeting you where you are and enhancing the knowledge you already have. The question is less about whether or not you will benefit from coaching - any professional athlete will tell you the answer is always yes - and more about what kind of coaching will help you meet your goals and when it will have the greatest impact. 

Why does Agile promote team alignment and innovation?   Teams are aligned when all members of the team are in sync to accomplish a common goal. Agile practices can up communication and proactive behaviors that keep teams asking the right questions at the right times while staying informed. Agile principals are all about efficiency, openness, and adaptability. When teams have access to this, they not only have the time and the encouragement they need to try new things, but they are not afraid to make mistakes and come up with new and creative solutions. Put simply, Agile promotes innovation because the ability to change and create is agile’s very nature.  Team Engagement    Agile gives teams the tools and the trust they need, not only to do their jobs but to do their jobs well. It is governed by “People First” principals that empower team members to take initiative and solve problems while also focusing on clarity, communication, and flexibility. Each of these contributes to the effectiveness and overall happiness of an organization's team members. When correctly implemented, agile’s overall effect is a positive one that increases engagement, and with it, innovation, employee satisfaction, and loyalty to the organization. 

Agile may be new to you and we can help with the process, but how to get started is no secret!

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