Address your core problems and become more agile
The shorthand for the most pressing problems in business is agile transformation or digital transformation. But these two terms cover a multitude of activities and potential change points. In this two-day Flow Ambassador in-house training course we encourage attendees to identify and address real problems.
- Developing a shared vision for how to function in a digital world is often difficult and therefore a major blocker to progress
- Equally, agility, e.g. via DevOps, has been achieved but remains siloed
- Cloud adoption is a lift and shift, leaving teams wondering why all the investment has been made
- New platforms are introduced but there is insufficient flexibility in work processes to take advantage of them
- Wasteful work consistently finds its way into the flow of work because the dialogue around value is not strong enough
- Firms believe they need a new operating model but view this as a fixed design rather than an evolutionary one
- Customer centricity is under-baked
The practice of agile is not truly configured to address persistent and widespread corporate problems such as these.
Agile has been defined narrowly in software development terms, so we have to broaden the dialogue and give people new terms.
We favor the term value-based agility to emphasise that the only point of being agile is to create more value more quickly.
Our training addresses how to create new operating processes or models by emphasising the “value’ in value-based agility.
In this two day workshop we will introduce you to the basic concepts of the Flow Framework for value-based agility and provide you with the tools you need to introduce and implement it in your own organisation.
That framework integrates upstream value analysis, continuous value improvement in development and marketing and downstream value delivery and feedback at the point of consumption.
Flow’s value-based agility is the missing ingredient you need in order to make agile transformation real.
Every context is different but you should be aiming for these clear financial benefits:
- Rationalise project portfolios by up to 30%
- Save up to 20% in budget terms
- Accelerate time to market from weeks down to days
- Increase productivity and reducing work duplication
- Targeting innovation more accurately and reducing project failure rates
- Learn how to make hierarchies more effective
- Learn how to create a flexible target operating model
- Redesign roles and redeploy resources
- Improve staff engagement
Who should attend?
This is a must-attend for people who are senior in the business and IT who are looking to make agile function properly. Whether you are responsible for in the CIO office, or are a executive in marketing, strategy, or are responsible for the IT estate, the PMO, product or project management, running, coaching or participating in agile scrum teams, or work as a senior business analyst, in data science, or Devops you will benefit from understanding how your role is changing and the new skills you need to master in order to respond to new market dynamics.
Keywords: the Flow framework, value-based agility, Devops 2.0, authentic customer-centricity, productivity.
- Prepare yourself for real agility and for delivering value at pace with decision making autonomy
- Form high performing teams around a shared vision of what digital allows you to create
- Improve product development capabilities
- Increase revenues by ensuring only work of value enters the innovation pipeline
- Understand how to design and maintain an evolutionary operating model
- Master DevOps and Flow
- Overcome the IT-business divide
Interviews with stakeholders to identify key problems
Reading material: Flow handbooks
Course learning objectives:
- Learn the major components of the Flow end-to-end framework and the need for value-based agility
- Explore the new purpose of leaders when value replaces rules and reporting lines
- Explore the relationship between value-based agility and new work methods
- Explore tools for true customer-centricity – major exercise
- Learn the principles and tools of a more visual and accountable work environment – major exercise
- Learn how to design value into the Flow of work
- Understanding ecosystems of partners and customers
- Explore the new ways to practise value management
- Get new insights into agile business planning and overcoming IT-Business communications barriers
- Learn how to form “Flow” teams
- And how to deliver value with new ways to work
Day 1. The visual context of agile work
- The Framework. Understanding the overall Flow framework, the development of new leadership values and the concept of value-based agility
- The Operating Model. Agile and changes to the IT or corporate operating model: exploring the value of new visual work methods and their capacity for keeping operating models fluid
- The Customer. Introducing tools for customer centricity: keeping waste out of the Flow
- Exercise: Developing your customer segmentation
- The Product. Assessing priorities in product and feature development in multi-disciplinary teams
- The Market. Ensuring a string perspective on market dynamics and ecosystems
Day 2. Design to delivery
- Challenges and blockers. The new challenges to doing good work
- The new PMO. Visual portfolio management
- Exercise: Creating your Portfolio Wall to address specific problems
- Designing work. From Portfolio to units of work: A flexible approach to work breakdown
- DevOps and Flow. Small steps to big change and increased value
- Managing value – learning a stack of value tools
ENDGAME: The Collective Intelligence Challenge
Group work on blockers and the new corporate or IT roadmap (addressing questions that have arisen through the two days such as:
- How to course correct agile transformation;
- What does it mean to be authentic about customer centricity
- Do we understand how to develop and manage ecosystems?
- How to assess when a transformation is near to completion;
- What does a “small steps” plan of action look like