When the Agile Manifesto was introduced in 2001, its authors had a vision for a better way to develop software, one that prioritized people over processes. Since then, agile methodologies have been embraced around the world, in organizations large and small.
According to a Statista survey of software developers, by 2018, 91% of respondents had adopted some type of agile development practices. As agile becomes increasingly entrenched and more organizations realize the benefits of it, the notion of what it means to be agile, and its practices and principles, are evolving and moving out of software development and IT, and into the enterprise at large. As it does, more organizations—particularly at enterprise scale— are recognizing the value and business necessity of agile, and are undertaking concerted efforts to transform their entire companies into agile enterprises.
Enterprise agile transformation is more than scaling agile practices—it requires that the entire company becomes laser-focused on delivering customer value and customer satisfaction. It also encompasses a complete overhaul of how an organization operates, so that it can be nimbler and more responsive to changing business needs. There is far more to enterprise agile transformation, though, than that initial operational focus, or the processes and tooling that support it. In order for the operations model to change, the organization must also change its values, strategy, culture—all which are the domain of the C-suite.
In this whitepaper, we will first explore the “why” behind enterprise agile transformation, the risks of not undertaking transformation, and how failed transformations can be as challenging as not undertaking one at all. Next, we will explore how the C-suite can positively influence the speed and success of enterprise agile transformation by owning and driving the appropriate areas of the transformation:
- Setting a course of direction through value alignment
- Owning the culture
- Establishing, tracking, and refining organizational metrics
- Creating and supporting both talent and technology strategies
Lastly, we will explain the role of the enterprise agile coach in supporting the C-suite as they develop new leadership and business skills to successfully guide their organization on its agile transformation journey.