Like so many buzz words in the corporate lexicon, notions of agility get dropped often in work settings. Who doesn’t want to get the important things done faster? Even moreso, the Agile methodology, born and bred in the world of software development, introduces a welcome path to help get there.
Well, no. Actually, it’s as difficult as can be. Because changing how we think, how we work together, and how we attack problems is painful, and sometimes slow. Agile champions and enthusiasts may beat the drum of change, but their energy doesn’t always sink in, or sustain.
If Agile is a path to organizational and corporate agility, it’s going to be more of a journey.
Agile is as much a mindset as a methodology. It’s not just the steps and the formats. It’s a social paradigm shift. Consider. How and when should we engage others? How do we get comfortable with ceding control? Are we able to develop a bias for trust?
No small challenge, agility, but I think it’s the essential path. The 21st century marketplace demands a quickened pace. The nimble will survive.
So let’s get to it.
In our 6/11/18 #orgdna chat, let’s discuss a few of the critical elements that are key initial conditions on the path to agility:
- Q1. Quickened Pace. Can you and your team(s) pick up the pace of decision-making, even to the extent of a sprint?
- Q2. Flexibility. Will your and your team(s) be willing to shift direction midstream?
- Q3. Cross-Functional Engagement. What level of cooperation can you achieve?
- Q4. Commitment. Are stakeholders truly empowered to own solutions and take risks (vs. lip service)?
- Q5. Permission for Transparency. Is everyone (including/especially those “up the chain”) ready for honest appraisals of gaps?
- Q6. Flow of Work. Agility is fueled by an organic, opportunistic flow of work, not what we are used to: structure and control. Are you and your team(s) ready?
Lots to talk about, all of it foundational to becoming agile. Let’s discuss, and put some stakes in the ground.
The mission? We’re continuing to unpack the #futureofwork through the lens of social complexity, and I hope you’ll join us. We meet monthy, mostly on 3rd or 4th Mondays, from 9-11pm. For June, we’re holiday hopping, and it’s a 2nd Monday.
See? We’re being agile already. Hold on for the ride.
Chris Jones, aka @sourcepov, Charlotte NC
How does a Twitter Chat work? We recommend a streaming app like TweetDeck. Just append #orgdna to your tweets adding #orgdev #agile #agility and/or #futureofwork to specific tweets, as relevant, to expand the thread. Sometimes we’ll chat in the #orgdna stream in real-time, like a flash mob, with insights just popping up. But for the in-depth discussion, join us at the appointed hour on Twitter. It’s always lively, and we hope you’ll join us!