As Agilists, we’re familiar with the challenges our clients and organizations face, and we have a full toolkit with keys tailored made for these knotty situations, including established approaches such as Scrum or Kanban or SAFe. But, now with Business Agility, we’re faced with some new and intriguing challenges, and none of our existing keys are quite the right fit.

The Compass for Agility framework uses principles such as transparency, collaboration, time-boxed and value-driven, to help organizations identify their challenges and craft response strategies customized their unique circumstances. Agile coaches and other change agents can use this framework to help facilitate a design thinking approach to business agility.

The framework consists of five steps, and provides three alternatives for each step so that organizations can select the appropriate level of investment at every point

  1. Ideation – what is your challenge and its context? Identifying a challenge is not helpful, without a systems thinking approach of its context, both internal and external.
  2. Identification – what are you doing currently? What are your principles, processes and outcomes? Are they helping or hindering your organizational goals?
  3. Intake – develop a holistic approach towards problem-solving, by first identifying all the possible actions, and then deciding which option to pursue first.
  4. In Action – implementation, based on the decisions made in the previous three steps. Relies heavily on either a time-boxed approach like Scrum, or a flow-based approach like Kanban.
  5. Introspection – reflection at all levels of the organization on the decisions made in the previous four steps, as well as their outcomes. Did we address the challenge effectively? What did we learn? What can be our next step to take advantage of our learning and outcomes?

The framework is designed to be recurring, to either build fluency in addressing the current challenge or by broadening the target area to address a separate challenge. Repetitions of the framework are designed to both address challenges not just by applying Agile values, but to also cultivate Agile mindset within the organization.

I would use an activity designed to take groups through the mindset and delivery of this framework, including identifying the core competency for each step as well as the techniques that enable delivery of each step within the designated time-box. The activity kit includes three techniques for each step, while opening the discussion for other techniques that can be substituted, which enables participants to tailor the framework for themselves.

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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

10 minutes to facilitate a discussion of Business Agility -- its challenges and opportunities

10 minutes to explore the Compass for Agility framework

30 minutes -- groupwork, where each group chooses a technique to explore in depth

30 minutes for each group to share the results of their exploration of a technique (assumes 6 groups with 5 minutes for each, but can be adjusted if needed)

10 minutes to debrief/discuss the process and address any questions

Learning Outcome

  • Understand the challenges and complexities of business agility
  • Be prepared to discuss scenarios where business agility is applicable
  • Create a proposal for an organization to incorporate business agility
  • Understand how to facilitate an organization's business agility journey

Target Audience

organizational leaders, executives and enterprise coaches

Prerequisites for Attendees

Solid experience in Agile Scrum and Kanban approaches beyond the team. Understanding of the challenges and complexities of organizational change efforts.

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