Updated: Nov 1, 2019
To achieve a state of hypergrowth is to master a specific method of doing business – the Agile Method – in order to respond to market demands more quickly. By now you have probably heard of this. It originated in IT but it's a viable strategy for many other fields/departments because it puts a premium on collaboration and responsiveness.
What is Agile methodology?
Like any management strategy, the Agile Method is both a mindset and a concrete action plan. It is an operational model suitable for organisations of any size or industry. That makes it very flexible and reapplicable.
General principles of Agile:
Embrace changing business requirements to remain competitive
Listen to your clients – customers, consumers, suppliers, employees
Strive to deliver quality work fast
Collaborate with team members from beginning to end
Trust your collaborators to get the job done
Pay attention to the design and technical requirements of the job
Opt for simplicity
Reflect on the results of your team effort
Optimize roles and processes regularly
Agile works through small groups of collaborators who first clarify their purpose then define their roles, relationships, processes, commitments and tasks as they move toward that goal.
It makes a lot of sense. A great way to solve a particular problem or manage a project or to improve processes. Put a group of individuals with specific skills and let them have at it. Easy right?
So how would you go about creating an Agile Team? How would you select the members? What support or training would they need to get started? How would you provide support their work? Do you have the courage to let it play out without 'over structuring' or mandating? Are you prepared to accept some failed attempts without pointing fingers?
There is actually a lot to consider, but worth the effort. Get it right and you not only solve a problem and fuel growth you have a model to use for more teams. People in these teams feel empowered and engaged. Those outside the team want to be part of a team. Momenteum and excitement builds.
Looking at the principles of Agile, individuals will clearly need to have a high level of change fitness #bechangefit to be effective and for the team to be effective.