2020 is giving us all a lesson in new ways of working, and just how flexible and adaptable our organisations can be. Senior leaders are presently occupied with navigating a fast-changing business landscape (and rightly so), and at the same time establishing new internal policies and protocols for many months, if not years to come. Many will be looking to accelerate the introduction of “agile ways of working” which promise faster delivery and sustainable support for distributed and remote teams.
And why not! Modern technology enabled projects already using “agile ways of working” and cloud-based tooling, hardly missing a beat in the current climate, provided they can maintain their close interface with the business. The introduction of agile, provides structured delivery which can deal with uncertainty and changes in organisational policy which will be a feature through the foreseeable future.
The right leverage point into “agile ways of working” is an established culture around individual team member responsibilities and collaboration. Fortunately, remote working has organically accelerate and forced an uplift in organisational maturity in the aspect of creating fertile ground for adopting agile concepts and overall agility.
So, the right starting point for introducing agile is not so much about implementing agile ceremonies and disciplines (think stand-ups, rubber chicken timers and kanban boards), but rather, having the management discussion about the right level of team autonomy, culture and governance to build individual responsibility and productive collaborations.
For organisations now adjusting and slowly embedding remote working arrangements, this would be an excellent short-term focus, and help identify the right candidate teams to introduce more structured agile disciplines and make the shift into more holistic “agile ways of working“.
The team at PM Solutions Australia coach and support organisations to be more prepared for starting their agile transformation journey, whilst providing independent agile based assurance to support capability growth and a shift to more “agile ways of working“.