Challenges with agile transformation & the value of speed

What is agile

Agile is mostly used when talking about how to do software development but is now spreading to more than just that. The world is moving faster and companies need to embrace agile to avoid having competitors and startups eat from their cake.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change
– Charles Darwin

For someone new to agile it is best to start from the agile manifesto to get the basic understanding.

The agile manifesto

The 4 values of the agile manifesto:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

The 12 principles of the agile manifesto:

  • Prioritize the customer
  • Welcome change requirements
  • Deliver working software frequently
  • Business people and developers must work together daily
  • Build projects around motivated individuals
  • Face-to-face conversations
  • Working software to measure success
  • Promote sustainable development
  • Technical excellence and good design
  • Simplicity
  • Self-organizing teams
  • Team reflection at regular intervals

The agile manifesto was created for software development, but agile can be used in a lot of different areas. Agile is more than just the values and principles of the agile manifesto!

When going into how to do agile work then Scrum and Kanban are the most common methods/practices.

Here’s a 5 min video that explains Scrum:

And here’s a 5 min video that explains Kanban:

But to get your company to become truly agile it is not just to start using an agile methodology like Scrum or Kanban. There are so many other things to also change.

The value of speed study

We at Cartina wanted to know what challenges occur at companies who starts an agile transformation journey. And also to learn the positive examples and how to overcome those challenges. That is why we did this study we call “The value of speed” where we have both looked at companies like Spotify, ING and Swisscom as well interviewed a lot of big and well known Swedish companies.

Participants of the study:

  • TUI
  • SJ
  • Kronans apotek
  • ICA
  • Electrolux
  • SEB
  • Telenor
  • SAS
  • Scandic
  • Santander
  • Vattenfall

Drivers for starting an agile transformation journey

In the study we asked what were the initial drivers for why they started their agile transformation journey and here are the 6 biggest reasons:

  1. Speed
  2. Become more customer-driven
  3. Cost savings
  4. Remove silos
  5. Engagement
  6. Increase competence

The actual benefits of doing an agile transformation journey

The benefits that the participant companies have seen from their agile transformation journey differed a bit in order:

  1. Speed
  2. Remove silos
  3. Become more customer-driven
  4. Engagement
  5. Cost savings
  6. Increase competence

Challenges with an agile transformation journey

In the study we could identify the following main challenges with the work of transforming an organisation to agile:

  • Leadership & learning culture
  • Communication & measures
  • People & skills
  • Funding & governance
  • Technology

Leadership & learning culture

Leadership & learning culture

Want to hear what the study found for positive examples on how to overcome this?
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Communication & measures

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People & skills

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Funding & governance

Want to hear what the study found for positive examples on how to overcome this?
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Technology

Want to hear what the study found for positive examples on how to overcome this?
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