We are well beyond a point of inflection in the adoption of lean-agile principles and practices. In fact, the disruption brought on by the drive toward enhanced agility is nearing 20 years in age. There have been successes and failures but one thing is becoming clear; industry is becoming "agile-fatigued" despite the ongoing need for delivering value in a timely manner. A fresh look at where we can go from here is needed. For example: "...more than half of CIOs think the agile methodology is now discredited, while three quarters aren't prepared to defend it as a way of completing projects anymore. Additionally, half of CIOS think agile processes are just an IT fad rather than a beneficial way of ensuring a project runs smoothly and meets business objectives" https://www.itpro.co.uk/strategy/28581/uk-wastes-billions-every-year-on-failed-agile-projects

Perhaps you are aligned with the above quote. Or maybe you are more optimistic and simply looking for the next step in the evolution toward enhanced agility at the enterprise level. Then you should direct your attention to 4 strategic levers for framing the enterprise's continuous evolution. In increasing speed-to-deliver, the TameFlow Approach, together with the Theory of Constraints and Throughput accounting will bring the advanced thinking that is needed for evolving our practices for optimal flow.

Context is the driver in the direction of the evolution - whether you or your organization already have experience in the transition to the new way of working, to meet the increasing market volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA), or whether you are new to the lean-agile concepts, you will find this talk useful.

As the 2019 Business Agility Report states, "...while most organizations rate their current business agility relatively low, they have enthusiasm and hope for the future". And so should we!

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Where Are We Today? The current state of agility
  • Where Are We Going? Enhanced flow and greater Speed-to-delivery
  • How Can We Get There? The 4 strategic levers and the next step in the evolution

Learning Outcome

Starting with "where we are", the audience can expect to gain some insights to:

  1. Applying 4 strategic levers to frame an evolution strategy;
  2. understanding of the trend (and direction) in the evolution toward delivering value in a timely manner;
  3. better understand the benefits of the Theory of Constraints (ToC) and Tameflow within the context of existing principles and practices;
  4. improve your own lean-agile systems;
  5. help others on their evolution journey.

Target Audience

Organizations ready to embark, or already experienced, on the journey toward agility and professionals with experience in applying agile principles and practices, either at team, program, or portfolio levels

schedule Submitted 4 months ago

Public Feedback

  • Chris Chapman
    By Chris Chapman  ~  3 months ago

    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Introduction to TOC

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • What changes do leadership need to make in their own theory of management to  make this work?
    • Mario Latreille
      By Mario Latreille  ~  3 months ago

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks a lot for the feedback.  I will definitely consider this; given the time limit on the talk it will need to be at a very high level.   FYI, the change needed is to replace cost accounting with throughput accounting; it's a long lead shift in mindset.  A throughput accounting mindset shifts the focus on the constraint and away from the competitive cost-accounting paradigm and leaves the teams truly free to adopt a flow efficiency outlook (vs a "stay busy" approach).

      Thanks again!


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