Agile & Lean
Agile has become a popular and buzzword, and in reality, most firms are now using it... Are they, however, agile? Are they reaping the benefits of being Agile?
Many firms do not understand why they are migrating to Agile and instead focus on methods rather than the basic concepts and ideas that are the foundations of Agile and Lean.
We strongly believe in Agile & Lean as a mindset, a method of thinking, collaborating, and operating at SQLI. As a result, our team of experienced Agilists and Coaches is available to help you along your Agile journey, no matter where you are.
- There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. Although all Agile / Lean implementations should adhere to the same underlying values and principles, each implementation is unique. The Shu Ha Ri notion of Japanese mastery principles has motivated me.
- Agile for the sake of Agile brings nothing to the table. Agile/Lean should add value, thus we need to figure out what value we're looking for in order to make a successful transition: the why.
- When it comes to agile transitions, a mix of bottom-up and top-down techniques works best; a top-down sponsor is just as crucial as early adopters inside the teams.
- Agile transitions are first and foremost a mindset and cultural shift; focusing just on the techniques is a dead end; we need to instill a sense of purpose in our teams: why are we changing, why should we invest time on this...
SQLI is available to be your Agile Partner, and we always start by understanding your situation in order to co-create the Agile accompaniment that matches your needs and limits.
The greatest method to coach and assist your team / business on their Agile journey is to walk it with them. As a result, our Agile & Lean services' operational coaching is possibly the most significant axis. The most efficient method to offer value to your team and assure continuous progress over time is to integrate the correct profile, whether it's a Scrum Master, a Product Owner, a Product Owner Proxy, an RTE, or a dedicated Agile Coach.
We can diagnose and respond appropriately by being with you, living your reality and limits, and, more crucially, we can instruct your team on a constant basis by being with you, living your reality and restrictions. Coaching is a long-term commitment. Coaching takes place over time, with subtle touches, repetition, being there, listening, and observing.
Agile & Lean Consulting
SQLI provides Agile consulting services at any stage of the process.
Initiating an Agile transition
We're used to being involved right from the start, with a maturity and readiness assessment to co-create with you a genuine and tangible vision of your Agility and why you're getting there. We advocate that Agile transitions be managed in an Agile manner, with the process being inclusive, iterative, and gradual.
Leading the change
The Cultural Shift is a crucial component. Agile and Lean are mindsets that are built on Values and Principles, not methodologies, frameworks, or recipes. As a result, the most important aspect of every Agile transformation is change. As a result, our team is well-versed in several frameworks, such as ADKAR and Kotter, as well as Lean Change Management.
Fighting the glass ceiling
When you're transitioning to Agile, one of the most important values is Continuous Improvement. It's extremely normal to hit a glass ceiling at some point. Depending on your situation, a glass ceiling can appear from a variety of directions.
One classic example is when the IT department initiates an Agile shift and the rest of the organization is not onboarded or mature enough to follow.
Another reason a bottom-up transformation may be stymied is management's failure to fully comprehend and live their new position as servant leader.
On a large-scale deployment, teams are not cooperating as they should, resulting in silos and inefficiency.
In any event, our Senior Consultants are available to assist you in identifying the source of your glass ceiling and recommending ad hoc remedies to help you analyze the problem and chart a course forward.
Another component of continuous improvement is to improve on organizational goals such as adding value, improving time to market and quality, better budget management, and pleasing consumers, among others.
These high-level goals are generally translated into specific actions, such as:
- lowering the amount of work in progress,
- MVP allows you to think and produce progressively.
- Using Lean Portfolio Management to improve Product Portfolio Management
- having a user-centered strategy,
- implementing a DevOps strategy,
- forming cross-functional and self-contained teams
- transforming projects into products, establishing value streams
- constructing a Kanban board to allow for visual management and the reduction of work-in-progress,
Our team has extensive knowledge and experience with those common and repeating themes, and can assist you in analyzing the problem and implementing new mindsets and practices to help you achieve your objectives.
Agile @ scale
When the number of teams grows, the need for a framework @ scale emerges quickly. The essential concepts stay the same whether you use a standardized approach like SAFe, a Spotify model, or a homegrown / happy pick approach.
Our experienced consultants, who have worked on large-scale Agile deployments, can provide significant knowledge and experience to your case and assist you in taking the next steps.
We concentrate on personalized training that is targeted to your specific setting, context, and maturity level. Following an initial evaluation, we may build training sessions that include a mix of theoretical and practical content, as well as serious games, in order to provide genuine value and be immediately actionable. We personalize the content to your target audience, whether it's the IT team, marketing, or the business side of the company.