The Agiledirect Framework provides a frame of reference to guide an idea through its lifecycle from inception through to delivery of business benefits.
The phases of the framework are not necessarily executed in a linear manner, although it does help to use the process to ensure the project is set up for success.
It is also useful to imagine each phase being concluded with a formal or informal Go No-Go gateway. Making a go/no-go decision requires defining the criteria to assess whether the work has been sufficiently ‘done’ in order to warrant a ‘go’ to the next phase.
The aim of this phase is to define the problem / opportunity. Engage stakeholders to firm up a view of the situation, options, risk / issues and costs / benefits.
Approach the situation from different perspectives. Stress test the idea and seek endorsement / sponsorship for further investigation.
Aim to explain the idea in a few short and succinct sentences.
The aim of this phase is explore the possibilities, assess options and refine the approach. Collaborate with stakeholders to create a shared understanding of the problem / opportunity.
Confirm what the business wants to focus on. Identify the risks, issues and opportunities. Determine the desired outcomes. Decide if the benefits justify the cost?
The aim of this phase is to collaboratively develop a plan and identify the actions to create results.
Engage stakeholders to elaborate on the approach and clarify roles and responsibilities. Prioritise work based on its ability to deliver value – fast.
Scope the work, estimate the effort and agree on the criteria that will be used to make ‘go / no-go’ decisions. Confirm the resourcing requirements and get ready to get on with it.
The aim of this phase is to do the work and deliver value.
Ensure the team has a shared understanding of how to work together to deliver on the customer expectations.
Iteratively work on the project to ensure the team’s activity is aligned to achieving the desired outcomes.
Visualise progress and regularly review based on customer feedback to ensure the benefits are realised.