Saturday, May 27, 2017

Business Agility

Business Agility
In a business context, agility is the ability of an organization to rapidly adapt to market and environmental changes in productive and cost-effective ways. The agile enterprise is an extension of this concept, referring to an organization that uses key principles of complex adaptive systems and complexity science to achieve success. One can say that business agility is the outcome of organizational intelligence.

Evan Leybourn has written extensively on the topic of business agility on his blog. One of his articles is the "Theory of Agile Constraints" which can be summarized as follows:

An organisation can only be as agile as it's least agile division!

Many companies I know start their road to agility with the development teams of their IT department. And there it stays. Typically they are not very successful in their journey because the rest of the organization is still keeping the status quo. Ken Rubin visualized this situation very nicely.

Business Agility

Recently Evan has decided to create a domain model for business agility. Via LinkedIn he asked for input and feedback on his first version of it, and I and many others did. The result of his work and this process you can find on his website in an article called "Domains of Business Agility". Check it out, it is a good model to use for planning and evaluating your own journey to an agile business.

Business Agility Domains
Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2017 by Henrico Dolfing