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AgileSHIFT: using agility to help organizations handle a changing world

Blog posted by: Cameron Stewart – AXELOS Head of Product Development, 15 October 2018.

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Organizations and professionals are facing an ever-changing world in which consumers are forcing faster responses to their demands. At the same time, there are internal tensions between the delivery team seeking to fulfil this demand versus the corporate teams they interact with, bound by legacy processes and traditional reporting lines. The organizations that will succeed are those able to embrace enterprise agility: where an entire workforce understands and can deploy agile principles effectively.

Training people in agile principles has not generally taken a holistic view of enterprise-wide needs. This is why AXELOS has now launched AgileSHIFT®.

What is AgileSHIFT?

AgileSHIFT is a guide to help people enable and lead change in their organizations.

Built on lean and agile principles, we’ve developed AgileSHIFT in conjunction with some of the world’s largest enterprises and have distilled the principles harnessed by organizations ready for change, adaptation and driving value.

The guidance helps leaders look at the gap between what “great looks like” and the existing capability of their business or public sector body; it enables them to consider their core purpose, what level of performance is “best in class” and how they measure against it.

While agile methods have become more prevalent among technology development teams, they have not been adopted across departments which are accustomed to greater governance and control of their activities. This why AgileSHIFT is about equipping all staff with the knowledge and confidence to adopt agile and lean approaches.

In practice, AgileSHIFT covers topics including the changing business and technology environment, popular agile ways of working such as Scrum, Kanban and PRINCE2 Agile®, how to combine great practice to achieve optimum value as well as how employees can lead localized changes in their department, while being part of larger-scale organizational change.

The lightweight framework is easy to tailor to an organization’s specific situation and provides practical tools so people can start championing change initiatives immediately.

Why adopt AgileSHIFT?

While organizations have, traditionally, separated business as usual from transformation initiatives, the emphasis in AgileSHIFT is on empowering the people running an enterprise day-to-day to help transform their workplace, making it fit for the consumer challenges of tomorrow.

Ultimately, this new guidance is about delivering value more quickly from transformation programmes: by encouraging and educating staff to welcome the concept of change – and giving them the ability to handle it with confidence – resistance is less likely and they are more inclined to be positive advocates for change and progress.

Organizations may have survived for decades based on a safety-first and risk-averse approach. But this is no longer enough in today’s increasingly competitive environment where “challengers” are – through access to technology and a more agile culture – willing to take risks, introduce innovative products and services and deliver value more quickly.

See our AgileSHIFT section for more information.


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