How will you deliver your targets this quarter?
Internal change brought on by implementing new structures and systems are not the only changes that affect divisions from achieving their targets. External changes are especially difficult to deal with quickly as they are not as easily anticipated.
The IT software industry has had to deal with constant change as part of delivering systems that meet the needs of its clients at the time of delivery which may have been years after the initial planning stage commenced. The best framework that emerged to deliver an evolving solution is the iterative approach of the Agile management methodology.
Go Agile – from Planning to Done!
When it comes to meeting your company’s KPIs and goals, you will no doubt have noticed that what worked last year does not necessarily work anymore. There is a requirement for large organizations to respond to external changes quickly, with flexibility and creativity.
In order to manage the exploration and testing of possible solutions, you will want to follow an approach that guides your team to either fail fast or deliver the outcomes they aim to achieve. In the software development industry, the Agile project management methodology was designed to manage this situation particularly well. I adapted this methodology so that the structure can be applied to any situation where you want to take an idea and achieve tangible results.
Here are key aspects of the Go-Agile process.
Agile allows for just-in-time Planning
- a high-level quarterly Roadmap sets the tone and direction for achieving outcomes;
- each quarter is made up of six – two week iterations;
- detailed planning occurs at the beginning of each iteration.
Agile ensures you work on high priority tasks at all time
- all high-level time-boxed goals of the Roadmap are prioritized;
- all individual tasks for each iteration are prioritized;
- team members participate in prioritization activity to ensure buy-in.
Agile allows the team to focus without being side-tracked
- all conversations revolve around work agreed to for the current iteration;
- any new ideas/strategies are parked until the next Iteration planning;
- all team members are aware what the desired outcome is.
Agile ensures transparency and accountability
- daily stand-ups keep the team informed of progress and issues;
- meetings are very focused and short;
- everyone knows who is waiting on whom to complete the work.
Agile allows for flexibility and change
- at the end of each iteration, a retrospective is held to assess achievements;
- lesson’s learned inform what can be improved during the next iteration;
- decisions about adding new ideas and strategies to the Roadmap can be taken.