by the Cornerstone Agility Team | 2 Minute Read

Agile cannot be found in the “one-size-fits-all” section of your local Transformation store. Each journey will ultimately be unique. While the Agile principles and values are applicable to all types of organizations, the way Agile is implemented can vary greatly depending on the context of the organization. To be successful on an Agile journey, it's important to tailor your approach to fit your unique organizational context.

Here are some tips for doing just that:

  1. Start with a deep understanding of your organizational context: Before you can tailor your Agile approach, you need to understand your organization's culture, structure, and processes. This includes understanding the unique challenges and opportunities facing your organization, as well as its goals and objectives.
  2. Choose the right Agile framework(s): There are many different Agile frameworks to choose from, such as Scrum, Kanban, and Scaled Agile (SAFe). Each framework has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it's important to choose the one, or ones, that best fit your organizational context. Consider factors such as the size of your organization, the complexity of your projects, and the level of collaboration required.
  3. Adapt Agile practices to fit your organization: Even within a specific Agile framework, there is room for adaptation to fit your unique organizational context. For example, you may need to modify the length of your sprints or adjust the roles and responsibilities of your Agile team members. The key is to be flexible and willing to experiment to find the right approach for your organization.
  4. Get buy-in from all Stakeholders: Tailoring your Agile approach requires buy-in from all Stakeholders, including team members, leaders, and customers. Make sure everyone understands the benefits of Agile and how it will be implemented in your organization. Encourage open and honest communication to address any concerns or resistance to change.
  5. Continuously evaluate and improve: Agile is a continuous improvement journey, and your tailored approach should be too. Regularly evaluate your Agile practices and processes to identify areas for improvement and make necessary changes. Encourage feedback from all Stakeholders and use data and metrics to measure progress.

By tailoring your Agile approach to fit your unique organizational context, you can maximize the benefits of Agile and achieve success in your Agile Transformation. Remember to start with a deep understanding of your context, choose the right framework, adapt Agile practices, get buy-in from all Stakeholders, and continuously evaluate and improve. If you’re unsure as to what your context is, or need help getting started, we encourage you to engage with us – don’t go on the journey alone!

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