Last week, we facilitated a workshop with 100+ attendees from a large MedTech company, where they constructed several cities from Lego blocks and other materials such as masking tape, water bottles, and whatever else they could find. From these ordinary materials, we ended up with some extremely imaginative cityscapes – and of course it couldn’t have been achieved without adopting an Agile mindset. You’ve no doubt heard the saying ‘Rome wasn't built in a day’. So, how can it even be possible to build a city within 3 hours?
by Yann Hamon, Founder and Managing Director of why innovation!
For over 20 years, I have been focused on helping C-level leaders to develop their competencies mainly in two key areas: cultivating an Agile mindset and incorporating innovation into strategic thinking. Whilst many CIOs are dedicated in their effort to lead ‘digital transformation’ (which is both challenging and context-specific), they may not realise the magnitude of the changes required to achieve successful, sustainable change.
By far the most common question I get asked is: “so after my organisation becomes Agile, what’s next?”
My answer today is the same as it has been over the years – that it is the wrong question to ask. Agile is not just a shiny fruit to pick from a tree, nor a stop to disembark from on a train line. Instead, it should be a journey which embraces continuous change, self-adaptivity and an open culture without adhering to immutable framework or processes.
I’d like to share some recommendations for organisations to maximize the benefit from adopting Agile, as well as several common misunderstandings to avoid.