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COVID-19: Busting the myths of agile transformation

August 12, 2020

Agility in the toughest of times

Maintaining speed and agility


According to 94% of C-suite executives, their operating model puts their organization's growth and performance at risk.


What’s more, 85% say they are not very confident that their operating model can meet shifting strategic priorities.

Myth 1: Speed and agility= growth, not efficiency

When moving to agile ways of working, companies can often drive up costs by layering on new agile project-based constructs which add complexity or by re-organizing tasks without questioning their value. When done right, agile can significantly boost efficiency, as well as drive growth.

Myth 2: You can "squad" your way there

Speed and agility cannot be achieved by simply establishing "agile methods" or moving employees into "squads". Organizations must continuously reconfigure and a new set of operating model building blocks are required, with the right structures, processes and technologies.

Myth 3: It’s all about piloting and scaling

Piloting and scaling are crucial. But success is unlikely without addressing changes to processes and systems. Too many companies assemble project teams running agile methods and expect processes and systems will "catch-up".

Myth 4: Everyone needs to be co-located

Co-location was often viewed as a pre-requisite for highly collaborative teams, but COVID-19 forced a massive migration to remote working. Those that couldn’t rise to the occasion are struggling.

Myth 5: You need a blank canvas

Complexity and legacy systems make agility harder to achieve but not impossible. Before starting the journey, companies need to focus on the value they’re trying to drive and define the acceptable organizational impact.

Myth versus reality

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