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Think Agile is Just for Techies?

For True Agility, Business Leaders Should Adopt Four Simple Characteristics to Transform Their Organisations.

Think Agile is Just for Techies? For True Agility, Business Leaders Should Adopt Four Simple Characteristics to Transform Their Organisations.

 

Creating winning products and services that customers will grow to love is a constant challenge for most firms. No one wants to be a Walkman in an iPod world!

 

Increasingly, many of the firms we have relied on for the products and services that make our life easier are threatened by modern, tech-first companies such as Amazon or Uber. These firms act fast, innovate often and build breakthrough products and services which are easy to use and open-up new possibilities for customers. As of 2018, despite attracting high quality talent from the same pool and having similar levels of ‘know-how’ as traditional players, the output of most tech-first firms radically eclipses that of ‘traditional players’ For example, firms like Amazon and Spotify are able to deploy code in matters of seconds and push out millions of software releases every year, compared to as few as hundreds of releases for most traditional organisations.

 

So, what are these high performing firms doing differently and what can we learn from their operational ‘black boxes’?

 

In our experience, tech-first organisations have perfected the art of getting things done – they don’t really think about it anymore, it’s part of what they exist to do, it just happens! They get better things done, faster; resulting in higher quality products in consumers’ hands more often. Some people refer to this as an Agile way of working.

 

Of course, Agile is nothing new. It stemmed from the technology world intended for software development teams, enabling firms like Amazon and Google to relentlessly engineer superior software quickly to provide high-quality solutions. But for us, the holy grail of Agile is when other parts of the business understand the role they must play to embed ‘Agile mind-set’ across the entire organisation system.  

 

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