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The Agiledirect framework

Agile is a way of working that enables individuals, teams and organisations to deliver customer-centred outcomes, faster, with less risk, at a lower cost, whilst remaining responsive to changing environments.

Experience has shown that using a framework can help orientate and optimally govern work that is being managed using Agile Principles / Practices. This is particularly so for large, complex initiatives (e.g. organisational restructures, and business process redesigns).

The phases outlined below are not necessarily executed in a linear manner as the many parts of a project are prone to different pressures and it is likely that the project will have multiple elements in different phases within its lifecycle. Of course, the Agile principles are always relevant and many of the practices are applicable regardless of the phase.

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 phases of our Agile Framework include:

  1. Idea Phase: The aim of this phase is to define the problem / opportunity.
  2. Discovery phase: The aim of this phase is explore the possibilities, assess options and refine the approach.
  3. Design Phase: The aim of this phase is to collaboratively develop a plan and identify the actions to create results.
  4. Deliver Phase: The aim of this phase is to do the work and deliver value.

Who uses Agile?

Agile is mostly known as a mindset and methodology for software development.

Since its inception, the Agiledirect team has personally done multiple projects and seen countless others where the Agile way of work has been successfully (…and unsuccessfully) applied to a range of business problems. These include projects for:

Small business and large enterprise

Projects and Business as Usual (BaU)

Business Problems

Most executives, project managers and teams have encountered any number of the following issues:

We have seen these challenges all in manner of enterprises. And we have seen all manner of methodologies used to address these challenges with varying degrees of success. That is not to say that methodologies are no good. A methodical approach should be embraced where appropriate, but methods have poor acuity to maintain usefulness across different contexts and can lose relevance when presented with something out of the ordinary. Dealing with difference requires people to use their own judgement. This is where Agile presents something fresh. It is a principle based approach to inform the judgement of the individual who has to make value based decisions in order to delivers results.

Listed below are a few of the more specific business problems with an outline of a possible Agile response.

Issue: Benefits are not being realised as expected

Symptoms

Agile response

Issue: The project is not delivering (over budget, over time, etc)

Symptoms

Agile response

Issue: The customer isn't happy

Symptoms

Agile response

Issue: Team morale is low

Symptoms

Agile response

Where do I start?

Before ostensibly applying the Agile way of work, it's best to take the time to fully appreciate your circumstances and better understand your operating environment. It's also helpful to understand the nuances of the problem and your motivations. For example:

If you explore your responses to the questions above and believe that an Agile approach would add benefit, then there are a few things that you can do:

  1. Go and find someone who is being / doing Agile and ask them about it.
  2. Ask to join a project team or community of practice who is using Agile
  3. Find an Agile coach
  4. Go and do a course or read a book
  5. Have a go yourself

To find out more, check out the FAQs or have a look at our Agile Toolkit.