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10 Signs You Need an Enterprise Agile Solution

Posted by Steve Elliott on Oct 16, 2015 3:44:36 PM

enterprise agileIf your organization is like most, you have some level of Agile adoption, with different teams working to coordinate to deliver against a common set of initiatives. This is no simple task. When dozens of teams using a multitude of tools are working toward your company’s next release, it is difficult to understand your progress toward high-level initiatives. Answering the simple questions of “where are we” and “what is standing in our way” can be unreasonably complex.

Do you need an Enterprise Agile Solution?

If you are managing multiple teams using a variety of tools to execute on corporate deliverables, an enterprise agile solution might help. Here are 10 signs you might be ready for an Enterprise Agile Solution:

  1. Multiple teams are working on a common set of corporate initiatives. Managing 10, 50, or even 500 teams toward a common goal requires you to coordinate in the midst of a dynamic and complex environment.
  1. More than one team-level tool is in place. Whether it is a matter of legacy tools remaining post-acquisition or the preferences of your development team, there is a need for reporting across several technologies.
  1. You are caught off-guard by missed dependencies. Surprises come up late in the development cycle that could have been easily avoided by simply visualizing, tracking and managing dependencies on an on-going basis.
  1. It takes hours of Excel or PowerPoint manipulation to create a weekly status report. The simple act of creating a basic status report can take hours of exporting, manipulating, and aggregating data from a wide number of sources. Program and portfolio managers fight an uphill battle just to understand progress against goals and report upward to executives.
  1. Forecasts are Dead on Arrival. Whether it’s because Agile team members are pulled off of teams to work on special projects or you simply don’t have a handle on team velocity, if you can’t trust your forecasts because they don’t represent the full picture / are not real time, you may be flying blind to your actual ability to deliver against commitments.
  1. Inability to standardize measurement across teams has become a roadblock. Your ability to scale is paramount to delivering in the enterprise environment. If your ability to standardize on a common set of visualizations and reports has become a roadblock, you may need an enterprise agile solution that can do this for you.
  1. Releases are late. Releases can be late for many reasons, but a common underlying reason is a lack of well-defined coordinate between teams and effective transparency to what is being worked on by management. When coordination across all levels of the orgainzation is poor, it’s difficult to stay on track.
  1. Agile adoption has stalled. Contrary to popular industry conversations, Agile adoption is rarely “all or nothing.” If different parts of your organization have adopted different flavors of Agile (i.e. scrum vs. lean) an enterprise tool can aggregate information from multiple flavors of Agile and standardize for reporting and analysis.
  1. When a release happens, expectations are misaligned. What’s included and what is not? This might seem like a straightforward question, but when expectations are not managed closely and there is a lack of transparency and connectedness between strategy and execution, there is room for confusion and disappointment.
  1. Bottlenecks have become seemingly unavoidable. The lack of visibility makes it nearly impossible to remove obstacles from team members and clear bottlenecks along the critical path. 

Transparency, Collaboration, and Alignment are Critical 

When it comes to treating the issues above, transparency, collaboration, and alignment are the answer. Choose an enterprise tool that will allow you to understand your challenges and respond in real time in order to align teams, tools and timelines.

What are some of the indicators that you’ve noticed that suggest an Enterprise Agile Solution is needed? Share your insight in the comments section below.

Topics: Scaled Agile