Organizational agility and flexibility are hot ticket items in our current business environment. Whether you’re learning about agile teams, understanding how your leadership style could work with them, or wondering how large companies scale agile teams, this article provides insights and ideas. It’s a broad sweep on the subject of agile teams and how they contribute to organizational flexibility.    

Here are a few tidbits of information from “Agile at Scale”:

  • About agile teams:
    “Agile teams are best suited to innovation—that is, the profitable application of creativity to improve products and services, processes, or business models. They are small and multidisciplinary. Confronted with a large, complex problem, they break it into modules, develop solutions to each component through rapid prototyping and tight feedback loops, and integrate the solutions into a coherent whole. They place more value on adapting to change than on sticking to a plan…” 
  • About leadership and agile teams:
    “Agile teams work differently from chain-of-command bureaucracies. They are largely self-governing: Senior leaders tell team members where to innovate but not how…It reduces layers of control and approval, thereby speeding up work and increasing the teams’ motivation. It also frees up senior leaders to do what only they can do: create and communicate long-term visions, set and sequence strategic priorities, and build the organizational capabilities to achieve those goals.”
  • About scaling agile teams:
    “Leaders recognize that they do not yet know how many agile teams they will require, how quickly they should add them, and how they can address bureaucratic constraints without throwing the organization into chaos. So they typically launch an initial wave of agile teams, gather data on the value those teams create and the constraints they face, and then decide whether, when, and how to take the next step.”

The article offers specific approaches to create and operate this “test-and-learn cycle” as well as suggestions for “building agility across the business.”

While you don’t have to take the advice or agree with the conclusions of this article, it would be wise to understand what it says.

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Read the full article at: hbr.org