The world is changing rapidly. Technological innovations follow each other quickly and bring a completely different consumer behavior. Companies and organisations often look for their purpose again. If you do not have an answer and do not adjust yourself, you will disappear. Companies, and even entire sectors have since disappeared due to the arrival of smartphones, internet and 3D printing.
The degree of change is at such a pace that companies find it hard to renew and adjust themselves on time. Reason? The internal organisation is not yet geared to the rapidly changing customer demand. For example, processes and procedures could be better streamlined. This can ensure that the internal organisation finds a better connection to the external environment. Often the pace of change for employees goes so fast that they find it difficult to go along, which can lead to resistance.
In order to keep up with all these developments and to continue to meet new demand with supply, companies are in full swing. There is no other choice; if you fall behind, it is done. The problem lies with companies where the focus is too much internally oriented instead of on the current wishes and needs of the target group. This may cause their customers to go to another.
To stay one step ahead of the competition, an nimble organization is needed. An organization that acts responsively, adaptively and constructively. Where effectiveness is high and there is attention for the continuous delivery of customer value.
We call that Agile. In business sectors, the Agile approach increasingly finds its way and has already been successfully applied in complex change processes.
In addition to focus, the problem is certainly in the approach. Renowned external agencies or interim managers are often used to locate the bottlenecks. Often delivering far too extensive reports about the past, which take a lot of time and money. Whether there is an improved approach from the evaluation, in line with current wishes, is still the question. Let alone whether the advice is future-oriented. Of course, some things will be done and results will improve in the short term, but continuity can not be guaranteed.
Agile Business Builders believes in an action-oriented approach. With a clear vision that gives direction and where attention is paid to healthy teams. With the focus always on continuous delivery of as much customer value as possible.
But what exactly is an agile organization? And what do you have to do to be able to call yourself an agile organization? Read more here about the critical success factors that being to Agile.
An Agile organisation stands for a nimble, compact and resilient organisation. In this, the customer and stakeholders are central and timely responding to their needs.
Everyone collaborates so that the organization becomes more adaptive and resilient. The intention is to meet the needs and wishes of the target group as well as possible. During the implementation or execution of projects and changes, it is clear for both the internal and external stakeholders what will be delivered.
Another characteristic of an Agile organisation are the self-organising teams. These teams work on projects independently and with pleasure. The team is composed in such a way that each member brings his own specialism, so that all the required knowledge is brought together to produce a result that meets the highest possible customer value. These so-called renewal teams work together in a multidisciplinary way and for a longer period of time, so that they get a joint rhythm and as time goes by getting better and better results.
The Agile organisation often uses Scrum, an Agile framework (or method), for issues where it can be of added value. This mainly concerns difficult or complex issues or change processes. Scrum provides a framework with clear rules and roles within which self-organising teams generate a thorough tested and visible result in periods of one to four weeks, so that they meet the needs of the stakeholders involved.