The “Seed to Oak” concept also named “bottom up” approach, by my experience is one of the best ways to include agilism in a company, and it all starts when we build an Agile seed group of around one or two individuals, who join others to form an Agile team.
That team matures enough, so the organization can expand the use of Agile by having multiple teams in a department or business unit. Finally, this methodology is extended out to other departments or divisions in the organization and up to leadership where adaptability is key to success in this volatile world.
Predictive approaches to strategy (usually named traditional), assume that the world is relatively stable and predictable. But globalization, new technologies, and greater transparency have combined to upend the business environment. In this period of risk and uncertainty, more and more managers are finding a competitive advantage in organizational capabilities that foster rapid adaptation. Instead of being very good at doing some particular thing, companies must be really good at learning and improving to change with the market.
What is agile and how can help me adapt?
Agile is a collective concept that includes different techniques that provide the ability to adapt quickly to new conditions. Agile methodology focuses on delivering the features that have the greatest business value first, and then communicating with customers in real time to enable direct feedback from them.
With the iterative and incremental approach leads us to plan, build and adapt to provide value as soon as possible!
Agile is iterative in that we plan for the work of one iteration to be improved upon in subsequent iterations and is incremental because completed work is delivered throughout the project.
Core benefits of Agile nowadays.
In my experience, each team and organization require different angles to approach a new cultural change that is promoted by concepts like Agile as a new way to work and live, so we must be respectful to understand the present and have courage to walk to a new change with clear transparency for everyone involved.
There are many concepts that helped us to understand our teams like psychological safety and team morale that is part of the overall culture that Agile promotes. In the way that we focus more on people than processes or tools, we give way to a great path to improve performance and create better employee experience when we use every piece of Agile around the organization.
For most businesses, the decision to pursue Agile represents a conscious decision to embrace change, so let’s review the primary benefits of Agile:
- Increased visibility
- Increased adaptability (agility)
- Increased alignment
- Increased product quality
- Increased business value
- Increased customer satisfaction
- Decreased risk
The first step of what we do.
We know that we have results on different teams, and we know how hard it was to be there at the first steps of the Agile adoption, so an idea comes to mind: What if we walk side to side with new teams/organizations? For that purpose, here are some examples of how we can help teams and organizations with their agile path:
First, let teams know that something different already exists, and that with some tools we can make a change of mindset, will become a reality for them, from the basics to advanced tools.
We hardly recommend your team to live and experience the concepts of Agile and any other framework, because it’s the best way to touch people’s hearts.
Providing credentials that recognize and validate your knowledge and expertise with programs that involve a specific period of education and training are vital throughout the process. There are many companies that provide certifications for Agile frameworks like SCRUM (created by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in the early 1990s) and the most recognized for SCRUM are:
- Scrum.org: Founded by Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum
- Scrum.inc: Founded by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum
- ScrumAlliance.org: Founders included Mike Cohn, Esther Derby, and Ken Schwaber
- Community Events and sharing content
Spread the knowledge with a community of people passionate about Agile (tools, frameworks and tips) and his experience on the site. That’s definitely the best way of learning.
The shared experience
It’s great how an idea goes to live actions and then, a high-quality product or service is the result. That great emotion is what we want for all the teams related to product or service delivery, and to be able to live, how that product takes its own steps with the right practices to build growth inside an organization and happy satisfied customers with amazing results.
With all of this in mind, we created Applaudo Academy to help and support complex teams and organizations to adaptive systems with people interacting with each other even in a volatile, uncertainty and ambiguous context.
In this way, we can provide guidance and our expertise to help the adoption of Agile and its frameworks with a full mindset of continuous improvement, effectiveness and employee experience with outstanding results for our products and services. Stay tuned for more information about our academy!
About the author
Graduated from Computer Systems Technology from Universidad Francisco Gavidia. Roberto has over 5 years of experience as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach. He’s currently a Senior Agile Coach at Applaudo Studio