Enterprise Business Agility – a lay of the land

In the beginning of October, Scaled Agile released its SAFe 5.0 Framework. The updated framework places enhanced emphasis on Enterprise Business Agility, stating that it “…lets you capitalize on emerging opportunities by empowering you to make quick decisions, allocate money, and align the right people to do the work”.

So what is Enterprise Business Agility and why is it important?
Enterprise Business Agility is about moving beyond Agile transformations, where focus is mainly on IT’s delivery to the business, and onto focusing more on holistic agility throughout the organization. According to AgilityHealth, this is important because “focusing only on delivery optimization hasn’t achieved the intended business outcomes most executives and leaders were aiming for”.

So are we ready for this shift in focus? We recently asked Danish companies to rate their Enterprise Business Agility maturity as they participated in a successful Agile customer event. Here’s how they answered.

We’re good at managing our lean portfolios – but it’s hard to make the agile behavior stick
The results from our survey showed that the respondents were confident about their lean portfolio management, their customer engagement, and their agility metrics. On the other hand, the respondents were least confident about their ability to make the agile behavior stick in the organization – and primarily their ability to attract agile talents.

In general though, the Enterprise Business Agility maturity ratings we collected were ranking between ‘crawl’ and ‘walk’, indicating that there is still room for improvement in many Danish companies when it comes to Enterprise Business Agility. We welcome the shift in focus and look forward to supporting your holistic approach to agility going forward.







Maturity Assessment

How Agile?

We cannot tell you how agile is right for you. But we assess how agile your business currently is, and where a positive impact is mostly needed and created. We offer various maturity assessment tools on team, organization and enterprise levels. You tap into a well documented and tested process that provides you with a maturity roadmap, metrics and growth paths. You cannot do all at once, nor should you. So knowing how agile is the starting point in transforming your organization via the agile journey. It will be worth the effort. And it will be fun.

Why and How to Assess Agile Maturity

Benefits of Maturity Health

There are many reasons why companies adopt Lean-Agile but not many challenge that agile ways of working support higher product adoption rates, cost savings via productivity gains in developing and higher employee engagement.

That implies that you want to maximize your Maturity Health and that is best done if you know where you get most out of your investment.

How to Measure

You can use standard or customized Assessments. Depending on how you have structured your agile journey and organization you can measure on Enterprise, Portfolio or Team levels, and across roles. 

We use Crawl,  Walk, Run and Fly terminology to emphasize the flow of movement that maturity depicts within a team. 

Visualize Health

The Radar visualizes many aspects of the maturity health in one single object. Not only can you compare with other organizations, you can compare across time, teams – and within teams in easy ways. 

You can use the health radar in retrospectives, where they support talks about what matters and add value.

Should You Measure Agility In More Functional Areas?

Agile Maturity assessments were originally used in agile IT development teams, but their usage across functions has spread as other areas feel and see the effect of working with lean-agile principles. HR, Finance increasingly so as transformation projects and focus on products in stead or supplementary to projects add focus to lifecycle product cost as well.

Get your top five Growth Items

The Growth Items provide visibility of all growth items categorized by organizational and team across your organization.

It is easy to categorize, track and make actions for each Growth Item, so that you on a regular basis, in the spirit of agile, can measure and monitor if your actions fuelled the expected improvement.