Industrial Revolution 4.0 brought us new ways of organization processes contrary to the hierarchical model. A global economy where we operate is far more complex than 20 years ago. Every employee needs a good core of values, a method to solve problems as a human being, and the possibility to invent company future. Bureaucracy complicates communication with its long and demanding flows so it should be left at the time of industrial revolution. We can agree that traditional hierarchies belong to the past. So, changing the organizational structure from hierarchical to agile-friendly has its advantages and risks. What does the next evolution of the organization will look like and why is company culture so important to cling?
We present you 5 ways to boost your company culture to an agile way with barriers and key to success.
The decision to change operations in a small or large company has to come from the top down. Traditional hierarchical organizations that need to control culture can’t lead agile projects to successful end. Collaboration between business, technology and IT leadership is a must. Agile can’t implement alone.
2. TRANSITIONAL ROADMAP
The company’s willingness to move to an agile approach means replacing traditional development completely. Most organizations cannot go “all agile” at once which bring us to the transitional roadmap. In the first point of building an effective strategy, you must realize where the organization is at and formulate transitional phases in line with its stadiums and competence.
3. TEAM SPIRIT
Agile requires strong team empowerment. Forget the traditional environment where teams align themselves to a specific function such as testing or development. The importance of viewing big picture is crucial for successful agile implementation. IT team needs to be flexible and collaborative with teams who focus on the successful outcome of the initiative. Management needs to change from top-to-bottom with ‘learn and change” culture. Teams can innovate and create a big picture in their mind. The autonomy of every team member to act independently bring us fewer layers of management. Here is proof why management actively pushes back on the agile transformation.
4. WELL-DEFINED TRANSFORMATION
Write a plan of transitional transformation, implement it areas where agile would work best and guide the transition. Bring people together, identify processes and technologies where you can implement agile and start education for all. Do not start with agile iterations right away because it can be too difficult. A well-defined approach is required.
5. CHANGE COMMUNICATION
For agile success communication between all participants in the organisation needs to be clear and consistent. Stay transparent and always stick to the core values of your organization. Your team can act like small entrepreneurial. Culture change can be drive in if you work closely with your senior leaders. Through everyday communication, you should demonstrate the value of agile development.
Four values of Agile:
Do you feel like a team member or you feel like you work for your Manager in charge? Is there something in your office organization that you want to change? Maybe you should start from the office culture. Educate yourself and change the people you work with. Your company can become an incubator for new management practices. Start with the idea and make the change happen. We cannot promise that you will succeed but we can warn you that one of the top causes of failure is lack of an agile-ready culture. Invest in the change to build an agile culture and experience all competitive advantages. This investment can build business growth through delivering quality solutions for customers, a collaboration of IT leadership and IT teams, as well as an organizational transformation for today and better future.
If you need motivation for everyday success and organization look at our blog post 10 HABITS OF HIGHLY MOTIVATED PEOPLE.