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Beyond Textbook: A Practical Approach to Digital Transformation Strategy

In this era of digital transformation, truly Lean-Agile Enterprises win in the marketplace. They outperform their peer group in revenue growth, earnings per share and speed-to-market.

While winners embrace both Lean and Agile principles in order to respond rapidly to market demand in a highly-disciplined manner, many organizations practice Lean and Agile processes but fail to reap the benefits. Why is that? Autonomy without a coherent digital transformation strategy leads to organizations that look and sound the part, but instead are merely going through the motions.

Successful organizations have absolute clarity about their objectives in the marketplace, how those will be measured and how to communicate that to every individual in the organization. Strategy development that creates initiatives tied directly to measurable objectives provides the clarity needed for the organization to know they are working on the “right things”. When Lean and Agile methods and rituals are then applied, these organizations deliver faster and with maximum efficiency.

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Here are three practical steps you can take now to get on the path to Lean-Agile:

  1. Start with a Strategic Roadmap Development Event 
    Given clarity about your goals and measurable objectives, you will be surprised at how creative individuals can be at identifying strategic initiatives that align to those objectives. You can then measure how your portfolio of initiatives contributes to your organization and to what degree. Conduct a formal Strategic Roadmap Development event with business executives, product owners, architects and other stakeholders to sharpen organizational focus on your business strategy.
  2. Apply Strict Prioritization of Initiatives
    Very often, organizations spend an inordinate amount of time on initiatives that do not contribute appropriately to the goals and objectives of the business. Strict prioritization ensures that imperatives (regulatory, technical and business) are provisioned for and that non-imperatives (strategy-aligned and ROI) are only approved if they support measurable objectives. This approach ensures that strategy is centralized and execution on the “right things” can be decentralized with effectively aligned Lean-Agile methods and rituals.
  3. Embrace Lean-Agile at the enterprise level with Scaled Agile® 
    The emergence of enterprise-level frameworks that embrace both Lean and Agile are helping organizations like John Deere, Cisco, Intel, Lego and Telstra improve speed-to-market, quality and productivity. Many organizations have shifted to Agile for software and product development. Enterprise Agile focuses the business and product management areas of the organization on how to best feed Agile teams the right projects in the right way for business success.

Certified Scaled Agilists:

Mike Simon

Mike Simon 
Principal Consultant

Derek Riddle

Derek Riddle 
Creative Services Director

Bryan Galloway

Bryan Galloway 
Business Analyst

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