Agile 101

What is Organizational Agility?

January 12, 2023

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, most Organizations have naturally become more Agile as they had to inspect and adapt rapidly. But now that things have settled into the “new normal,” how many Organizations will not only hold onto Agile tendencies but continue to strengthen them to turn themselves truly Agile?

WHAT IS organizational AGILITY?

Organizational agility refers to a company’s ability to quickly and efficiently adapt to changes in the internal and external environment, such as shifting market conditions, new technologies, or changes in consumer behavior. It’s about having a clear, common goal with alignment from top to bottom so that everyone knows how to react and adapt if a major event occurs (like a pandemic). It is NOT about flying by the seat of our pants, but about having structures in place that enable us to pivot quickly and with high quality.

WHO IS organizational AGILITY FOR?

One of our favorite sayings is, “You need to BE agile, not just DO Agile.” And it is not just for IT. In order to truly BE Agile, everyone in the Organization needs to embrace a new mindset and way of working.

Organizational Agility is characterized by a number of key attributes, including:

  • The ability to anticipate and respond to change: Organizations that are Agile are able to identify potential changes in the environment and quickly adapt their strategies and operations to respond to them.
  • Flexibility and adaptability: Agile organizations are able to change direction quickly and easily, and are able to adapt their strategies and processes as needed.
  • Speed and efficiency: Agile organizations are able to make decisions and take action quickly, which allows them to capitalize on new opportunities or respond to challenges before their competitors.
  • Innovation and experimentation: Agile organizations are open to new ideas and are willing to experiment with different approaches to solve problems and create new opportunities.
  • Collaboration and cross-functional teamwork: Agile organizations rely on the input and expertise of employees across different functions and departments to make decisions and take action.

Tanya Twerdowsky

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