of Agile organizations
This is a simple set of points about working in an Agile organization.
This means both focusing on customers and
key value-adding activity whilst also maintaining a broad peripheral
vision, for example keeping a weather eye out for market shifts and
It requires systems of measurement, monitoring and scanning that
provide pertinent information when it is needed.
The key process in Attention is Learning. The outcome is
understanding. You have knowledge, not just data.
Means moving fast when
reacting (or proacting) as a result of the learning form Attention.
It requires a flexible and motivated workforce along with processes
and systems that are easily changeable.
The key process in Agility is Change. The outcome is a number of
people doing something different and/or other changes such as IT
systems, organization structures, etc.
Means everyone and all systems set up to a common purpose. When
agility causes movement, any non-alignment in the end state is, by
definition, waste, which can seriously impact our ability to deliver
value to customers.
- It requires people and the whole system to work together. An aligned
system runs from markets and customers through strategies, objectives,
processes, systems, people and skills.
The key process in Alignment is Process Management. But not a
process management that causes document mountains. It is a process
management of communication, agility, direction and clarity.
The other As are useless unless they lead to results. They are all
also vital components to achieve results:
It requires the other As to be used with Achievement in mind:
setting Attention through objectives, Agility and flexibility in
meeting the objectives and Alignment of customers, strategy,
objectives, process and people.
The key process of Achievement is Management By Objectives.