Business Agility requires more than the flow of work in a team, it requires the flow of value at all levels in the organization. It requires that we deliver value to the customer quickly and continuously. It requires a short time for going from identified to satisfied need. And as if that is not difficult enough in itself, volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity – in short VUCA – imposes its own challenges. VUCA implies that organizations need to deal with an ever changing and fluctuating demand coming from diverse customers with conflicting and ambiguous priorities that cannot be judged by the same standards, and that need to be served through constrained and often heterogeneous capabilities. In short, Business Agility requires enterprise flow that includes the team as well as the release and portfolio level.
This workshop will teach you the foundations of enterprise flow through its constituent elements. It will help you to understand and recognize the challenges that are faced in the upstream and the portfolio level. It will prepare you to develop your own Agile portfolio management or work with your customers to help them to develop an Agile portfolio management that suits their needs. Rather than thinking of the VUCA challenges as, well …, challenges, we see in them an exciting opportunity to shed a new light on business agility and explore radically new ways of dealing with both upstream and the Agile portfolio.
What you learn in this workshop will make you more effective at scaling Agile in your, or your customer’s, organization. It will also make you more effective as a coach and a trainer. The workshop exposes the participants to a unique teaching style where experience precedes theory. Rather than imposing a method or practices on the participants, it allows the participants to experience – in a safe to fail environment – and develop their own thinking models that fit with their practices and frameworks. As a result, the workshop reinforces, rather than replaces, any scaling or other Agile frameworks or methods that the participants are already familiar with. It also introduces the participants to a set of simulations that they can use in their own work or coaching.