“Go-Wide” with Targeted Self-Learning Resources: the Key to Effective Agility Enablement

Many organizations that have adopted Agile delivery practices, or are in the process of doing so, are wrestling with a similar foundational question:

“How do I help my teams work up the Agile curve as quickly as possible, with everyone marching in the same direction”?

The need to move quickly is clear, as we’re all being challenged to “Do More with Less” and deliver high impact products and services more rapidly. As a result, many organizations take a “Ready, Fire, Aim” approach to introducing Agile to their teams, with admittedly mixed results…

The second half of the question is just as important… there are lots of opinions on how Agile should be adopted and many ways in which it can be brought to life. It’s important, then, that a company implements aligned practices that enable increased value, quality, and predictability instead of hampering them.

Learning and internalizing

Targeted, curated self-learning solutions can – and should – play a large role in solving for both challenges. Let’s face it, few organizations have enough experienced Agile coaches to go around, and aligning practices across multiple coaches can be extremely challenging. The need for continuous improvement nearly always outstrips an organization’s capacity to enable it in a high-touch way. This is further exacerbated by the fact that teams need to learn and internalize different skills at different levels of maturity.

AgilityHealth® has spent the past decade accelerating our customers’ Agile journey and helping them optimize the value of their Agile practices. One of our key learnings throughout this process is that for organizations to achieve higher levels of Agility, they need to act differently, think differently, and interact in some fundamentally different ways. It’s not sufficient to simply “Do Agile”, ultimately companies are looking to “Be Agile”.

Targeted, highly curated self-learning

As a result, we recommend that companies invest in targeted, highly curated self-learning resources that team members can easily access at any time, and consume in the way that works best for them. In practice, this means that effective Agile enablement strategies should include training and learning resources that are:

  • Based on proven, applied best practices (i.e., be wary of approaches that are heavily theoretical in nature)
  • Multi-modal (articles, videos, e-books, online simulations, etc.)
  • Curated for your specific culture and needs, ideally with a mix of industry resources and company-specific content
  • Including a mix of team, 1:1, and self-learning resources
  • Customized for your specific tool-sets where possible
  • Aligned with your coaching and measurement and continuous improvement strategies, so that team members can focus on exactly what they need, when they’re ready for it!

There are multiple ways to bring these recommendations to life, but at AgilityHealth, we’ve created what we call the “Growth Portal”. It provides focused overviews of best practices and key “Watch-Outs”, customizable recommendations, easy-to-consume videos and profiles for internal and external coaches, and mentors for teams that feel they need some high-touch support. All of these resources can be fully customized for the needs of each client, and are integrated with the AgilityHealth Measurement and Continuous Improvement platform.

Our goal is to provide clients an easy-to-use solution for working up the Agility curve in an aligned and cohesive manner. Whatever approach you choose to take to enable your teams, though, the key is to make it easy to use, targeted for your specific culture and needs, and tied to a measurement strategy so you can know where your efforts are making a difference, where a different approach may be needed, and what’s next!

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By Jason Molesworth, Enterprise Business Agility Strategist at AgilityHealth

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