If you’re new to agile working the most important thing to realise is that millions of teams around the world use this way of working successfully and love it. That does not mean moving to this way of working will be quick and easy, it will require work on everyone’s part. But the results are worth the effort.
When you become more agile you will be unlocking everyone’s skills and experiences, having great conversations, working more autonomously and collaborating more effectively. What’s more, the outcomes you want, whether that’s an OKR or KPI improvement, are more likely to happen.
New ideas and ways of working take time to talk through and implement. Here is a series of questions and conversation that can start a planning cycle and set you up for agile execution cadences:
1. Share the biggest problems or opportunities – get consensus
How can we work more effectively?
How can we improve these metrics?
How can we deliver this on-time?
How can we stop that from happening again?
Why is this a problem?
How long has this been a problem / opportunity?
Why haven’t we resolved this before?
How often is this a problem?
Have we any data on this?
Are there any gaps in our thinking?
What would improve if we solved this?
2. Set an OKR with a measurable outcome (the future end-state you want to achieve)
3. Have the team propose ideas for achieving that outcome
4. Discuss the ideas and move forward with one – get consensus
What is stopping us from doing what needs to be done?
Once your priorities are clear, here are 10 agile implementation tips you might find useful.