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Agile Assesment

  • LSA delivers full-service Digital Transformation services for more effective use of technology, but — to be sustainable beyond implementation — true Digital value needs more than just cloud, code and apps. In addition to technology investment advisory, LSA helps people use the technology investments for faster, agile value delivery. 

    LSA has experience (re)building teams to put more team collaborative focus on ultimate value (“the products / services our customers want”), chunking and prioritizing work, and leveraging right-size agile technology to deliver outcomes — big and small.  For example:

    • Small/medium marketing/sales development teams
    • Small/medium R&D teams
    • Small/medium software development teams
    • Large IT-led technology solutions (e.g., cloud modernization + software/hardware)
    • Large Business-led solutions, e.g., those that need professional Business Process Improvement including risk & compliance combined with more effective Application/Technology investment (e.g., ERP implementation/modernization)
  • Most organizations have already “experimented” with agile — typically with groups having mixed results.  Small, individual teams may be doing “daily stand ups” and say they’re agile, but don’t seem to be getting outcomes any faster.  When we scale up to multiple teams trying to deliver even bigger outcomes, the coordination and communication becomes more complex, and blockage have even bigger impact. 

    Digital transformations often encounter blockage stemming from organizational culture, process inefficiencies, and technology limitations. Through LSA’s UX research process, typical pain points are uncovered that can be helped with improved agile maturity. 

    Recognize any of these pain points?

    • Day-to-day work overload
    • Demand for work comes from everywhere – email, group chat apps, word of mouth… no single picture
    • Bottlenecks always seem to be on key people
    • IT installed “agile tools”, but we don’t feel any more “agile”
    • IT priorities seem disconnected / out of sync / poorly timed to business priorities
    • We know the basics of agile (hey, we’re doing scrums and backlogs), but the tools are clunky and disconnected
    • We can’t connect our day-to-day priorities to the bigger picture (e.g., OKRs seem “disconnected”)
    • We can’t get out of “department” mode and focus on “customer/product” value
  • Lean Scaled Architects’ Agility Advisory and Improvement service is outcome driven and leadership-transparent, including self-service dashboards that show progress towards outcomes.  While an important step towards the path towards faster value delivery, assessment is only the first step – sustainable, long-term outcomes need consistent execution of better practices, starting with the “basics”.

    • The Agility Assessment asks questions and conducts surveys among teams, product management groups, IT, leadership and others to set a baseline and target – “where are we today” vs “where do we want to be?”
    • Specific Agility Practices improvements are recommended as part of the Agility Assessment, such as process improvements, training, and more effective tooling (or more effective use of existing tooling)
    • Rigor and discipline putting the Agility Practices into action will result in Agility Outcomes.

    The path to Agility Outcomes starts with key Agility Assessment areas, leveraging a standard Scaled Agile (SAFe®) framework that is tailored to specific organization pain points (not every dimension of the assessment will be applicable for every situation).

    1. Team and Technical Agility – Do teams have the skills, Lean-Agile Principles and practices needed to create high-quality Solutions for their Customers?
    2. Agile Product Delivery – Do teams define, build, and release a continuous flow of valuable products and services to Customers and users?
    3. Enterprise Solution Delivery – Do teams-of-teams apply Lean-Agile Principles and practices for the specification, development, deployment, operation, and evolution of software applications, networks, and cyber-physical systems?
    4. Lean Portfolio Management – Does the organization align strategy and execution by applying Lean and systems thinking approaches to strategy and investment funding, Agile portfolio operations, and governance?
    5. Lean-Agile Leadership – Do Lean-Agile leaders drive and sustain organizational change and operational excellence by empowering individuals and teams to reach their highest potential?
    6. Organizational Agility – Do Lean-thinking people and Agile Teams optimize their business processes, evolve strategy with clear and decisive new commitments, and quickly adapt the organization to capitalize on new opportunities?
    7. Continuous Learning Culture – Do we encourage individuals – and the Enterprise – to continually increase knowledge, competence, and performance by becoming a learning organization, committing to relentless improvement, and fostering a culture of innovation?

    Agility assessments are the first step to an important part of the Digital Transformation journey: helping people leverage the technology to deliver faster, higher quality outcomes. By understanding your organization’s agility baseline and addressing critical pain points, we lay the foundation for faster value delivery – such as frictionless business & operations, sustainable growth, innovation, and competitive advantage.


Dani Linn, Director - Agility-at-Scale / Lean Portfolio Mgt
Dani Linn, Director – Agility-at-Scale / Lean Portfolio Mgt

Contact Dani for more information or to schedule an agility assessment today!