Role of the Agile Leader in Reconfiguring the Business
This presentation applies Agile thinking to critical aspects of strategy and execution at a time of uncertainty and disruption. The essential point is simple and logical: Agile values and principles are indivisible. To succeed, they must be applied not just to R&D, but also to customer and company, simultaneously. This requires reconfiguration of customer relationships, employee policy, software development, and the relationship that binds the three. The resulting paradigm shift could lower the cost of software and produce prosperity similar to the one induced by ultra-cheap oil in the 50’s.
We examine how the macro-economic crisis works its way from Wall Street to Main Street, forcing companies large and small to face unprecedented change. We characterize the change with respect to scale, scope and complexity of change, and more importantly, the incredible pace of change. We discuss the role of the Agile leader in transforming his/her company’s response to the crisis. We then highlight and analyze the three chasms that could open up in the course of business reconfiguration between:
• R&D and the business;
• The executive level and the folks in the trenches; and,
• Agile values and corporate culture.
The presentation concludes by giving actionable steps on how the Agile leader could and should preempt these three chasms or deal with them as they evolve.
- Answer the question “What do we do with ultrafast development and deployment?”
- Learn how to overcome the impulse to cut costs by cutting costs
- Understand how to use the Agile Social Contract