Amplify benefits of Agile in every Agile team in your organization [#AgileTeam #AgileOrganization #AgileNewsAndViews]

AMPLIFY BENEFITS OF AGILE IN EVERY AGILE TEAM IN YOUR ORGANIZATION [#AgileTeam #AgileOrganization #AgileNewsAndViews]

STEPS YOU NEED TO TAKE TO BUILD AN AGILE ORGANIZATION THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

A. BUILD A CULTURE THAT PRIORITIZES COORDINATION AND CROSS-TEAM COLLABORATION
B. PROCESSES SHOULD BE TRANSPARENT ACROSS TEAMS
C. COORDINATE WITH YOUR FINANCE DEPARTMENT

LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR LEAN PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

How do you build a company-wide system that empowers every Agile team in your organization? Anyone can scale Agile, but it takes a true leader to build the framework that actually amplifies the benefits of Agile so that everyone is working cohesively to deliver innovation and continuous improvement.

STEPS YOU NEED TO TAKE TO BUILD AN AGILE ORGANIZATION THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

A. BUILD A CULTURE THAT PRIORITIZES COORDINATION AND CROSS-TEAM COLLABORATION
Departmental silos are the death of meaningful collaboration. They encourage teams to hoard data and focus on their own objectives, rather than working toward the betterment of the organization.

There are a couple of reasons teams tend to work in silos:

  1. It is comfortable for them to focus only on the needs and expectations of their group
  2. It is natural for most people to look at their immediate challenges without thinking about the entire organization, and the role their tasks play in the greater scheme of things

Because of this, getting multiple teams to work together in unison is one of the most challenging initiatives you’ll undertake. But under scaled Agile, it is a necessary initiative if you want to ensure each team is working to fulfill the broader goals of the company without suppressing the unique elements that make each individual team successful.

So, how can you create this culture?

It starts with looking at the big picture, which you can do by receiving consistent feedback from stakeholders across different levels in your organization. They can keep you up to date on:

• Priority shifts
• Conflicts with allocated resources
• Technology and application
• Status updates

With this information, you are better informed about where the project is headed, where it needs to go, and what roadblocks stand in its way. From there, you can communicate with all the necessary teams to ensure their strategies align with the expectations of the stakeholders.

As the Agile leader, you need to help deliver coordination between the various Agile teams within your organization. This requires establishing a common planning cadence between the teams, where they share information between departments and plan together in order to prevent future disruptions.

B. PROCESSES SHOULD BE TRANSPARENT ACROSS TEAMS
Successful cross-team collaboration needs transparency. Everyone needs to know who’s working on what task and why. Without this level of transparency, it will be impossible to plan and coordinate tasks between teams, as there is no viable way to accurately track processes as they move through the workflow.

The easiest way to deliver transparency is with scaled Kanban. Digital Kanban boards make it easy to connect with all your teams under one roof. You can monitor the progress of your Agile teams in real-time, seeing what they are working on and how those processes are moving down the workflow.

Essential for optimizing the flow of value within your organization, Kanban enhances communication while making it easier for leaders to track various Lean metrics associated with delivery and continuous improvement. This way, you are more likely to make accurate predictions about the future performance of your various teams.

C. COORDINATE WITH YOUR FINANCE DEPARTMENT
The responsibility of the finance department is to ensure that the financial assets of your company are being allocated and used effectively. As such, the nature of their job does not necessarily align with Agile and Lean methods. But that does not mean your finance department cannot coordinate with Agile teams.

The key is finding a common ground so that your project goals and the goals of your finance department are aligned. One way you can do this is by assessing the level of cost control and cost management, so that you are able to accurately allocate resources based on shareholder expectation and the guidelines laid out by the finance department. Also, be sure to keep an open channel of communication with finance at all times. By doing so, you can be sure that everyone is on the same page regarding the direction of your projects and your Agile initiatives.

LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR LEAN PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
Lean Portfolio Management applies Lean strategy and execution to:

• Strategic and investment funding
• Agile operations
• Lean governance

The aim of Lean Portfolio Management is to optimize capacity, reduce risk, and ensure that all levels of your organization are working together to push the company forward through continuous improvement.

Lean Portfolio Management makes it easier to communicate and track teams while keeping up with the fast pace of modern business. This way, you and every team in your organization can ensure Agile delivery supports the strategic objectives of your organization.

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Amplify and Expand Agile Team Success:
Foster Cross-Team Collaboration, Visualize Processes, Harmonize with Finance, and Set the Stage for Lean Portfolio Management
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