Discovering AgileSHIFT

Implementing agile practices successfully across an organsiation can be challenging. We’ve previously reported on findings from the 2019 State of Agile Report which stated that only 12% of respondents claimed high levels of competency in relation to agile practices across their organisation. As seen below, the top three reasons given as barriers to adopting and scaling agile practices all relate to cultural aspects of organisational change.

Challenges Adopting Agile

wdt_ID Reason Given Percentage
1 Organisational culture at odds with agile values 52
2 General organisation resistance to change 48
3 Inadequate management support and sponsorship 44
4 Lack of skills/experience with agile methods 40
5 Inconsistent processes and practices across teams 35
6 Insufficient training and education 36
7 Lack of business/customer/product owner availability 32
8 Pervasiveness of traditional development methods 28
9 Fragmented tooling and project-related data/measurements 26
10 Minimal collaboration and knowledge sharing 24

Source: State of Agile Report 2019

Of course agile practices are not a set of rigid rules that an organisation can apply with the wave of a magic wand. There are many different interpretations of agile an enterprise can adhere to since the Agile Manifesto was first conceived in 2001. Scrum continues to be the most popular methodology adopted by organisations with 54% of respondents from the State of Agile Report confirming their own workplace used the framework. However, in a space littered with numerous methodologies of how best to implement agile , is there a simpler solution? Step forward AgileSHIFT a new agile framework from Axelos.

Axelos, have good experience in developing best practice frameworks that are used globally. Methodologies including ITIL®, PRINCE2® and MSP® are already used in over 150 countries. So, what’s the purpose of AgileSHIFT ? The new framework focuses on preparing individuals across a whole organisation for transformational change. The goal? Creating a culture of  enterprise agility.

Axelos believe enterprise agility is essential, allowing organisations to quickly adapt to meet changing industry and client needs. To achieve this goal workplaces have to maximise the combined return from technology, employees and resources. Whilst agile is largely focused on how an organisation achieves product or service delivery and obtains transformation, enterprise agility is an enterprise-wide mindset.

Organisations must be able to react rapidly to evolving enivornmental factors, advances in technology and industry disruptors can challenge future survival. To meet this threat the enterprise has to change. Empowering the whole enterprise to learn and comprehend the advantages of agility combined with when and where it should be applied, allows organisational transformation.

AgileSHIFT is composed of the following elements:

  • AgileSHIFT and the wider organization — how all parts of the enterprise must be in strategic alignment to ensure successful transformation
  • The AgileSHIFT principles — a set of fundamental rules that guide an organization in all circumstances
  • The AgileSHIFT practices — a set of practical approaches that will bring real benefits to any team wishing to work in more agile ways
  • The AgileSHIFT delivery approach, comprising:
    • Three key roles — the AgileSHIFT team, the AgileSHIFT coach and the AgileSHIFT sponsor, and guidance on how a team can perform more effectively
    • The AgileSHIFT workflow — describes a cycle of iterative steps, with further detailed information about the specific actions to be taken in each AgileSHIFT iteration
    • An AgileSHIFT iteration — a detailed look at the activities within an iteration
    • Tools and techniques that can be used as appropriate to help any AgileSHIFT initiative.

AgileSHIFT is an agile framework with a small footprint that can be easily customised to suit an organisation. If you’d like to find out more about how your organisation can implement AgileSHIFT then contact us to discuss your enterprise training needs.