Building Agile Teams
Agile is arguably one of the most successful delivery methodologies of modern times, used extensively in the tech sector to drive software development. It also uses a load of rugby terms, which Liam in particular loves!
Whilst its origins are in code development, there are numerous lessons and methods that could be used within any organisation that develops new things.
So embrace your open-side, and read on…
The Agile methodology is a team based approach to delivery, oriented towards a goal or mission, and not a set of tasks. Some of the main differences to traditional delivery are:
- Largely fluid, autonomous and self organising – no regular KPIs.
- Teams granted responsibility for delivery, based on delivery cycles.
- Greater involvement of stakeholders from an early stage.
- Allowed to make mistakes and learn to adapt.
- Widely accepted as a successful model for getting stuff done.
Whilst the process of Agile may be useful for running certain projects, there is much to be learned and applied from the principles themselves across organisations. You could even argue it’s a necessity in this rapidly changing world. We translate the principles into skills, experiences and cultural changes that could help organisations to take advantage of the opportunities of agile working.
What We Do
We believe that there is a largely untapped applicability for organisations who create, or want to create, new ideas, solutions, products, content and other ‘stuff’. It is a very different way of working, but has been proven time-and-again to be highly productive, and quite fun too.
In our programme we help teams to reconsider and re-design the way production is done within organisations, helping to:
- Explore the theory, benefits and downsides of the Agile model when translated into general creation.
- Consider the cultural implications and benefits, in particular around the changing nature of leadership, and how Agile could be applied more widely.
- Review leadership within the context of a leaderless team.
- Prepare you for the natural rollercoaster ride of Agile within the group development stage model.
- Get started and experiment with Agile if it works for you.
- Have some fun, and definitely over-egg the silly (but essential) rugby puns.
We’re all about starting at the start and seeing it through to a sustainable place. We provide a range of support activities that will change as the project progresses. See below the different stages and how we can support you through the whole or part of the process.
We work with your leaders and teams to explore how project delivery could be transformed by a more agile approach. We’ll identify specific projects where experiments or pilots could be started to help embed this style of working.
Build a vision
We help you understand the nature of working in a more agile way and look at the wider changes, and space, that will be needed. For the specific projects we’ll support teams to envision what will be needed within a more agile project process, such as user enablement and involvement.
Test & loop
We help you kick start pilot projects, facilitating and supporting the teams. Agile is by its nature testing and looping. We help your teams experience the project and learn what is happening within the project but the changing ways of working.
Review is in the DNA of Agile, and will be done frequently, but if this forms part of a wider vision to change how you work, we’ll help you build review stages to learn and respond to the culture and process changes that are taking place.
Whether you need check-in refreshers or a gradual handoff process we’ll support you as a long term partnership. The objective of this work is to support real change that can sustain itself in your organisation.
Agile working isn’t about methodology, but responsiveness and connection, so many of the skills within this process will be of a softer nature. This means we’ll focus significantly on learned experiences.