In the business world, nothing remains constant. As such, a company’s business processes must stay flexible enough to remain fluid and evolve to match changes in the business world. But how can a company ensure that its various areas are indeed capable of not only surviving change, but thriving with it?
Most recently, companies have begun to embrace the Agile Methodologies for helping their various business components become efficient and flexible in their processes. Although many have read up on the Agile Methodologies, most companies that consider adopting them have no idea where to begin. Various methodologies fit into different categories of processes. It’s no wonder the concepts are confusing among leadership and business groups.
One tool to help businesses adopt a more effectual stance on their functions is the book “Agile Strategy Management: Techniques for Continuous Alignment and Improvement.” Its author, Soren Lyngso, has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients with becoming more agile with strategic endeavors. Lyngso’s book provides examples of building flexibility into projects and processes, from the initiation phase through implementation and governance.
The book is broken into sections that include:
- Team building
- Strategic process quality management
- Solution provider procurement
- Strategy implementation
- Strategy governance
- Agile strategic management recap
In our downloads area, you can read an excerpt from Chapter 2. This section details the best ways to build a competent team for your strategic initiative. According to this chapter, team building involves selecting members of the business who will “become key-stakeholders” in the initiative. Lyngso says:
Team building is concerned with the establishment of the best possible organization to perform the Strategic Initiative. … Team building is a way to generate synergy; that is, the teams are organized in such a way that the performance of any team is higher than the performance measured as the sum of the team members’ individual performances.
It’s important to define each member’s role and responsibilities as well as establish specific standards by which the team will document its endeavors and present the ultimate product. The leader of the new team must ensure that the team receives the correct “information, tools, techniques, environments, facilities” and anything else necessary to achieve success with the initiative.
IT managers and project managers alike can benefit from the Agile techniques covered in this book. For any business that is struggling with managing new projects or initiatives, Lyngso’s writings can provide guidance and informative examples. The downloadable excerpt provides a detailed guide for building the right team for the job and getting them off on the right foot.