Agile Transformation

Why Become More Agile?

The pressure to accelerate the delivery of new products in rapidly changing market environments motivates many organizations to adopt agile practices. Other benefits are higher productivity and product quality paired with reduced risks of failure.

To expedite an agile transformation on a large scale, many organizations employ frameworks like SAFe or Disciplined Agile, but those solutions also need to be customized to maximize returns.

 

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Agile Process Transformation

While changing culture, values, and principles form the basis of agile transformation, everyday agile behavior needs to be reflected in the practices and processes of an organization. The following three key areas are typically most impacted when migrating towards an agile process landscape.

Rethink Decision Making

Decentralized decision making is an essential aspect of agile organizations. It is not sufficient to simply rename traditional roles like program and project managers or quality engineers to product and solution owners or scrum masters. A truly agile transition requires reevaluating and rearchitecting the majority of roles and responsibilities and the related decision making practices across the process landscape.

Just Software is Not Enough

Adopting agile in software development teams has been successfully done many times. The real challenges arise when other functions like hardware and mechanical engineering or supply chain management and manufacturing engineering need to be transformed. Business service organizations like PMO, IT, HR, and finance need to adopt agile processes and practices as well.

Product Development Flow

The transition from a traditional gate- and milestone-driven model to program increments and a constantly flowing value stream is another challenging part of the transformation. Functional safety, cyber security, product certification, and other regulatory aspects need to be included into the agile flow of work. Resource management and approval processes have to be redesigned to not become bottlenecks in an agile environment.

Our Solution

 

Stages has been successfully used by many organizations for their agile transformation. The following Stages features accelerate rolling out an agile process landscape:

  • RACI/RASIC for role definitions and role-specific process views
  • Process interfaces to assure consistency between agile and not-yet-agile functions
  • Value stream management for establishing product development flow
  • Compliance mapping to assure standards and regulations

Pre-defined process frameworks like AppliedSAFe further speed up agile transformations with Stages.

 

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