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Transforming for the New Normal (Part 3)

Flexibility in Business Transformation – and Why This Needs to Go Beyond Agile

Missed part one on Returning to the Workplace – An Experiment in Leadership and Team Building? See it here.

As a response to the pandemic, one thing that became very apparent was that those organisations who didn’t possess in-built flexibility struggled with adapting to the challenges of remote working, and with keeping business operations and productivity going.

Businesses have been looking at ways to become more flexible, both to ensure productivity and output doesn’t stall, and to build resilience as we move through uncertain times of lax and then tightened restrictions – which experts believe may be the case for some time to come.

If you’d like more details on how to identify your unique business issues, and create the right vision for your change project, take a look at our business transformation series.

Why Flexibility is Key

Simply put, businesses need to incorporate flexibility into their business strategy because we don’t know what future challenges we might have to overcome – 2020 has proven this beyond doubt.

It’s always been common to focus on end-goals in business transformation. This is still important, but we’re also having to consider the short term and pre-mitigate risks to a much higher degree.

Business agility is crucial for business survival as technology, demand, and industries evolve. Digital transformation is no longer just an option for business survival, and we no longer have the luxury of falling back on or making do with outdated systems.

We can help you deliver new and modified digital and IT projects with confidence. Find out more here.

Going Agile

The term ‘Agile’ has become something of a buzzword. However, it’s not a guaranteed game changer for businesses.

Businesses have jumped on agile methods as a lifeline, without considering if a certain strategy is the best way forward for them. For those unused to the concept, there’s a whole new set of terms and jargon to get to grips with – waterfall, scrum, SAFe, Kanban…the list goes on.

Businesses will often take advice from seasoned Agile practitioners, and in some cases this works well. However, if a thorough business review isn’t conducted beforehand, and a clear strategy created, it’s a recipe for disaster. Some businesses will doggedly continue with a certain method as they have seen it get results for another organisation.

In fairness, this is the first time both modern businesses and agile methodologies have been put to the test in such challenging circumstances – after all, no one could have predicted the events of 2020.

But it may be more sensible to think of agility in its basic sense of being flexible and adaptable, and not limiting efforts to the boundaries of a single method.

Our High Spot Review can help uncover the critical areas in your business that require attention, and making sure you prioritise your time working on the right problems in the right order, to resolve them efficiently.

What Next?

Would you like to find out more on delivering practical business transformation, whether triggered by Covid-19 and the lockdown or other business challenges?

Please feel free to use me as a sounding board for your transformation programme! You can get in touch to set up a free (and obligation-free!) consultation call.

Look out for part four of the series, where I look at Financial Transformation, and why it’s important to have a strategy focused on optimising rather than cutting costs.