Agile in 2018: Business Agility

Coaching, self-organization, leadership, and business agility are the areas where I expect breakthrough innovations to take place in 2018. In this fourth and final article in the series “Agile in 2018” I explore the state of practice in business agility and discuss what agile will bring us in 2018.

The InfoQ Culture and Methods editorial team, of which I’m a member, has published their trends report – January 2018. I’m quoting from this yearly agile culture and methods lookout and added my personal view below.

Business Agility

Business Agility – agile beyond software, remaking the whole organisation to be customer centric and responsive, resilient and able to cope in the VUCA world that is the business ecosystem today.  We are seeing a move from Agile for software and being introduced from the IT department to Agile for business and being introduced from CEO level.

The application of agile is still expanding. Interesting developments are business agility, organizational agility, and agile innovation, as these approaches scale agile and focus on the value that agile can bring to the organization as a whole. I haven’t found distinct approaches for these yet but it will be interesting to see how this will develop in 2018.

There’s a “tool” that I offer, which is the Business Agility Expansion Pack with the Agile Self-assessment Game. I use this in my workshops and with my clients to explore their current business agility practices and find ways to improve.

Organizational-wide Agility

Agile was never meant to be solely used for developing software. Earlier I explored how to apply Agile and Scrum beyond software development with actual examples of using agile for marketing & sales, customer support, management & HR, etc., both from my own practice and cases published by others.

If you want to increase business agility, professionals throughout the organization should look for ways to work together more intensively and effectively. Collaboration is key to agile and business agility.

Agile in 2018

Yogi Berra stated that “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future”. Coaching, self-organization, leadership, and business agility are the areas where I will focus on in 2018 as this is where I expect breakthrough innovations for agile to take place.

What are your expectations for business agility in 2018?

Ben Linders

I help organizations with effective software development and management practices. Active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer.

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