Agile Transformation

The intended outcome of Scaled Agile is to enable enterprises to achieve the responsiveness needed to successfully react to volatile market conditions, changing customer needs, and emerging technologies.  When done right, Agile Transformation clarifies the middle ground between Strategy and Execution.  It will highlight and resolve areas where Strategy is not well defined, and it will very quickly ensure teams are working on the most valuable things.

Team members at Stephens Insight Group have hands-on experience in multiple roles in both Agile and Scaled Agile teams from the bottom to the top.  We've seen first-hand how painfully slow and costly the waterfall approach to project management is, and how difficult it is for waterfall organizations to adapt and thrive in such a fast-moving marketplace.

We'll work with all levels of your organization including your Project Management Office (PMO or EPMO) and your Transformation Office to ensure a smooth transition. During your first Program Increment Planning days you'll see collaboration and value in the work your teams do like you've never seen before.  You'll have much deeper insights on why things moved slow in the past, understand cross team dependencies, and have much more control and awareness of risk.  

To executive leadership, that ambitious strategy that has struggled to get off the ground, becomes a series of achievable tasks that can be measured and course-corrected along the way.  

Defining Agile Transformation

Agile Transformation is moving one or more teams toward iterative thinking, shorter development or operations cycles, value-driven execution with a strong focus on relentless improvement.  Transformation can happen at an individual team level, a department level, or at an enterpise level. 

While it is typically used in reference to software development teams, it can be adapted and applied to data and analytics teams, operations teams, support teams, and just about any other discipline.  Where there are large volumes of work that can be broken down into smaller increments, Agile can add value. 

At Stephens Insight Group, we follow the principles defined by the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) found at scaledagileframework.com.   The SAFe framework defines 7 primary components: Organizational Agility, Lean Portfolio Management, Enterprise Solution Delivery, Agile Product Delivery, Team and Technical Agility, Continuous Learning Culture, and Lean-Agile Leadership.  

Put simply, Scaled Agile takes the core concepts of the agile software development life cycle (SDLC), and applies those concepts at an enterprise scale.  For example, in Agile SDLC, Features are broken down into User Stories which are then developed and delivered by the agile team.  For Scaled Agile, Epics, which are a step higher, are broken down into Features, which are then picked up and worked by groups of agile teams working in a coordinated fashion.[1]

To learn more about Scaled Agile, scaledagileframework.com has extensive information that goes well beyond the definition and related activities provided here.

Agile Transformation Services

  • Scaled Agile Strategic Planning
  • Lean Business Case Development
  • Strategic Planning - Strategic Theme Development
  • OKR Identification and Measurement
  • Implementing Scaled Agile (SAFe)
  • Agile Role Creation and Team Member Alignment
  • Kanban Teams
  • Lean Budgeting
  • Dev/Ops
  • Lean Portfolio Management
  • Agile for Single Teams
  • Agile Leadership
  • SAFe Training & Coaching

Advanced Specialties

  • Agile for Data & Analytics Teams
  • Agile for Operations Teams
  • Dev/Ops, Data/Ops, CICD
  • Healthcare System
  • Healthcare Payer

Benefits of Working with Stephens Insight Group Include:

  • Work directly with dedicated, experienced professionals
  • Choose from a variety of services or have your transformation fully managed
  • A professional team that respects your internal culture, prior planning, and existing infrastructure
  • A focus on sustainable business processes and maintainable infrastructure
  • Putting people first
  • and so much more!

Our Approach

Every organization approaches Agile Transformation in different ways.  We can work with you on any of the services above, or we can manage the entire Transformation for you.  To learn more about costs, please visit the Agile Transformation Costs page.  If you would like to understand how we might work together, please visit Our Approach page or schedule a call with us today.

We look forward to speaking with you!

Josh Stephens, Owner Principal Consultant

 

Stephens Insight Group
(616) 724-0297
josh@stephensinsightgroup.com

 

[1] SAFe 5.0 Framework.” Scaled Agile Framework, Dec. 2021, www.scaledagileframework.com/#