What is enterprise Agility?

Enterprise agility can be understood as a synonym to ‘business agility’. In our view, enterprise agility refers to adoption of Agility on a wider scale throughout a larger enterprise. Instead of ‘doing agile’ in specific departments, we reorganize the way the organization is shaped. One big change is removing the departments that most organizations traditionally have (marketing, sales, finance, operations, etc). In true Agile spirit, we create ‘cross-functional’ teams, represented by people from the original departments. This type of team is often referred to as ‘squads’. The squad works on a specific ‘value stream’, ‘customer service’ or ‘product’. All the functions sit together and have a common goal.

Modern analyst shows the essence of enterprise agility in below image:

Modern analyst defines enterprise agility as:

Enterprise-level agility – The enterprise-level agility involves the ability of the entire enterprise to respond rapidly in an innovative and creative manner to changes in the market conditions. It is the ability of the enterprise to facilitate dynamic decision making that supports the trending direction and any emerging competitive advantage. The level of agility in an enterprise is contrary to that of the traditional organizations where there is adherence to sustained competitive advantage.

As can be seen from the diagram, the keywords in enterprise agility are adaptability, flexibility and balance. To reach enterprise agility, we need to reshape the way we deal with ‘power’ and ‘control’ versus ‘autonomy’. We need to empower agile business teams to re-group and re-plan what they work on, on a continuing basis. This means that we must trust the enterprise agile teams to do ‘the right thing’. We can add the role of agile coach to ensure that the team also does ‘things right’.

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