Agile Transformation

Teams and trains shift from crawling to flying

Are you aware of the challenges you’ll face once you embark on your Agile transformation journey?

We at Dr. Agile believe that Agile is much more than cookbooks and methodologies – it’s an organizational mindset that boils down to the individuals and teams participating in the value chain.

 

A typical process consists of all or some of the following elements:

  • Agility evaluation & assessment: where are we now? Where do we want to be?
  • Coaching & mentoring staff and managers at all levels and roles
  • Organizational development: counseling HR and management on the changes implied by the journey
  • Workshops and training for senior leadership, mid-level management, POs, SMs and teams
  • Designing, configuring & supporting Agile tools (such as Jira, Azure Boards - TFS)

Wherever you are in your Agile transformation, talk to our coaches to understand where you need to go.

Enterprise Scale

Fast trains synchronize at regular intervals

Have you implemented Agile at the team level, but hit a stumbling block when attempting to scale? 

 

Team level Agile excellence is an essential foundation in the Agile house. But scaling Agile is a whole different ballgame! It requires leadership to zoom out from optimizing isolated cogwheels to a system wide view. How often does your “production machine” generate value to customers? Is the feedback loop from customers channeled back into the decision-making process? Are you prepared to make the shift from silo-based functional organization to market-driven cross-functional release teams?

 

Scaled Agile is addressed by a number of industry tested frameworks and methodologies, Scale Agile Framework (SAFe)Spotify FrameworkLarge-Scale Scrum (LeSS), to name a few. The implementation journey is customized for every organization based on its business goals and DNA:

  • Select a methodology that best suits your organizational needs, culture and business goals
  • Customize “out-of-the-box” roles and responsibilities and ceremonies to avoid the “overhead effect” most organizations encounter
  • Build an implementation plan that takes into account organizational barriers, culture challenges, business metrics and objectives
  • Follow the execution via a number of program increments/quarters
  • Instill a culture of measurable objectives and continuous improvement at the team, program and portfolio level

Your cogwheels turn fast but the system runs slow?

Business Agility

Organizations adapt quickly to market changes

“Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

--Albert Einstein

 

 

How long does it take your organization to validate a business hypothesis? How quickly can you test an idea, discover that it doesn’t work, and move to the next one?

The essence of Business Agility is reacting to change cost-effectively. Organizations that continuously practice Business Agility gain internal mutual trust between all elements of the value chain. But further, they gain the chance to continuously be the leaders in their market. By building  small experiments and small delivery chunks a culture of learning and of safety is being constructed. 


For almost two decades our coaching teams have been working with business departments in various organizations across industries, undergoing digital transformation or a disruption in their markets. We’ve seen magic happen

 

Business Agility transformation aligns value chains to serve the customers with minimal wait time and minimal waste – from business through R&D to production to operations. Silos are gradually dismantled. The organization becomes a rapid-delivery machine which learns how to identify and remove  impediments. A “can do” spirit is formed. Suddenly, managers praise their ability to focus on true business priorities. 

 

Our recommendation to large organizations wishing to improve their Business Agility, is to think big, but act in small, valuable steps. Focus on what not to do. Above all – Business Agility initiatives must be given highest priority – your door as a CEO and top-level management must be open to cross-enterprise teams sprinting to achieve their goals.

 

Dr. Agile can work with you on piloting a business agility journey pilot in one of your high priority value chains end to end. Or have you already realized that your entire organization should shift in that direction? We’re here to share our experience with you and guide you to the Business Agility path that prominent industry players have taken.

 

Let's talk Business Agility. Our coaches can help you identify and gradually remove the organizational barriers to streamline the flow of value to your customers.

DevOps Consulting and Implementation

IT release is not a Drama! Market feedback loops shorten

Can you imagine releasing a version weekly? Daily? Whenever it is needed, and when a new capability is ready? Will this accelerate your business and your learning?

Agile principles call for frequent software releases to the market, to allow for valuable feedback and ensure that software is being used as early as possible. However, in many organizations, releasing is a drama. The enterprise architecture and delivery pipeline are not designed for frequent, safe and sustainable releases.


If your teams deliver Potentially Shippable Products every sprint, but updates are batched and introduced to production infrequently – you need to reconsider your DevOps strategy and implementation.

 

What are your key pain points? Which business metrics do you wish to improve – lead time, deployment frequency, Mean Time Between Failures (MTTR), time to restore service? 


Dr. Agile brings expertise to help you define your goals and metrics and push you to relentlessly improve over time. A host of best practices can be applied and perfected as the pipeline expands and becomes more robust. System architects need to be pulled in, develop a vision of where the pipeline needs to go, and spend much of their time understanding which pavement in the runway needs to be fixed next.


Keep in mind: the one common characteristic of high DevOps performers is that they always get better at what they do, attempt to achieve quick wins and propagate their learning across the organization; velocity of version updates does not contradict reliability, on the contrary – in high performing Tech organizations, improvements of these two key metrics are correlated.

 

We’d be happy to bring our DevOps expertise to your organization too!

Start a journey to remove the barriers between development and operations and streamline releases. We can assist you.

The Journey to Digital Transformation

 APPIAN Platform – The Fast and Easy Way to Digital Transformation and Automation

“Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

--Albert Einstein
 
  Have you encountered processes in your organization that are inefficient, not properly managed or that nobody is able to know what their current status is?

   Digital transformation and automation are not just buzzwords, but rather a concept and essence that must be implemented in order to lead and excel in the business world.

The world today is experiencing accelerated change, increasing complexity, ever changing technology, digitization and automation. Organizations and institutions can no longer afford to continue operating with cumbersome or manual processes, old systems or unfriendly interfaces. They must adopt innovative technologies that will support efficient and fast work processes, enable real-time status, create transparency within the organization and transform the end client interface to digital with automated processes.

One of the most common and accepted technologies among organizations around the world to tackle this is to implement a low code platform, which enables the construction of applications and enterprise computing solutions in a quick and easy manner, with minimal use of code language and programming, and with fast setup and implementation processes.

And what does this has to do with Agile? As part of leading the agile transformation in organizations, we have discovered and understood the significant need of organizations for a platform that will support, not only the flow and efficiency of their workflows, but also enable rapid and high-quality application development and adaptation, based on rapid and lean prototyping. Thus, Bringing early value to the customer, enabling him  to quickly experience the application, and receive early feedback throughout the development process, which will ensure that the final product is tailored to the customer’s needs. All these, are of the fundamental principles of the Agile conception.

We also found, based on empirical studies conducted around the world, that implementing low code platforms in organizations has improved their sense of agility as an organization and their level of agile maturity, relative to companies that have not implemented such platforms.

Therefore, we decided to empower our customers with the world’s leading low code platform – the APPIAN platform, and to serve as an official APPIAN partner in Israel.

 

Why Appian's Low Code Platform?

 

   Appian is a long-standing American public company, one of the pioneers of low code platforms in the world. The Appian platform has been declared a leader in low code platforms for the second year in a row according to Gartner’s annual ranking for 2020 and is the only leader in both the low code and automation fields.

Appian’s automation platform empowers organizations and enables them to build modern applications and digitalize and automate processes quickly, easily and simply, by integrating all the required elements in one platform: powerful workflow management mechanisms (BPM engine) and business rules engine which allows the automation of the most complex workflows, robust management and records capabilities, simple and easy integration with internal and external systems, built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA) capabilities for performing repeated operations by the employee and much more.

The platform makes it possible to combine the benefits of humans, robots and software and harness them to easily carry out work processes together, while maintaining the ability to monitor and control the workflows and give an up-to-date status at all times. All this, at the speed of Low Code, which can accelerate the application’s development up to 20 times faster and reach full deployment within weeks instead of months.

Among the main advantages of the platform:

  • Combining all the capabilities and technologies required for automation and digitization of work processes, as a built-in and integral part of the platform
  • Data Anywhere - unique capabilities to integrate to internal and external systems and use their data without having to adjust, import or convert the data, which allows easy assembly of a unified screen snapshot from multiple systems
  • Easy-to-use and intuitive interface for employees, enabling quick implementation with fewer resources (can also be used as a user-friendly layer over existing core systems)
  • Fast development and design - accelerate application development time by using Drag-and-Drop functions, schematic construction of workflows (instead of code development) and reuse of components (built originally for other applications)
  • Every application built on the platform is automatically native and mobile and tablet enabled
  • Easy and simple adjustment of the application, to fit with the changing work processes, market requirements or regulation

And what about that and Agile?

 

As part of leading the agile transformation in organizations, we have discovered and understood the significant need of organizations for a platform that will support not only the flow of their workflows and efficiencies, but also enable and develop applications quickly and qualitatively, based on a prototype that can be built quickly and with few resources. Thus, it will be possible to bring early value to the customer, the ability to quickly experience the application, and receive early feedback throughout the development process, which will ensure that the final product is tailored to the customer’s needs. All these, are of the fundamental principles of the Agile conception.

We also found, based on empirical studies conducted around the world, that implementing low code platforms in organizations has improved their sense of agility as an organization and their level of agile maturity, relative to companies that have not implemented these platforms.
Therefore, we decided to make our customers the world’s leading low code platform – the APPIAN platform, and to serve as an official partner of APPIAN in Israel.



We will be happy to introduce you to the platform's capabilities and benefits