A sustainably successful company is particularly the result of consciously framing the organization into a place where people can develop their full potential.
Culture is an essential element on the way to agility
In order to face the current challenges openly and successfully, the step towards agility is a good decision. Agile methods can only be established effectively on a long-term basis if processes, technology, structures, and the underlying corporate culture are fully integrated into this change.
Agile forms of collaboration must be grounded in a resilient organizational culture, because collaborative teams that work towards a common goal and enjoy learning develop an enormous intelligence of change – the elixir of life for future-proof companies.
Agility: It’s also about culture
Often, in the transformation to agility, the question of culture is not or not adequately posed. How much does the current corporate culture support change processes? What culture must exist in a company for agility to work?
The cultural background is the safety net in agile space. A safety net that gives employees the freedom to create something new, to try different ways and, at the same time, to make mistakes. Teams and managers create and ritualize practices in which learning, real dialogue, knowledge sharing, and transparency, personal and community growth are perceptible and practiced. In this freedom structure and support are provided by roles, processes and consciously perceived culture. However, culture can not be dictated – it grows through shared experience.
A true, successful change in the context of agile transformation becomes possible if the technical, organizational-procedural and cultural aspects are equally considered.
In current practice, the main focus usually lies on the technical aspects. This means that the cultural basis and a practice of new, social competencies must also be included in order to be sustainably successful. And that is exactly where the EFS Agility Check comes into place.
EFS Agility Check: the holistic view
As part of the EFS Agility Check, the topic of agility is considered from different perspectives. What does agility mean for the organization, the processes and the technical implementation? How is the cultural network currently structured in terms of core values, visible behavior and conducive stages of collaboration?
With the understanding that agility and agile working can also exist apart from methods such as SCRUM and Holacracy, the EFS Agility Check also brings existing agile processes, techniques and cultural components to the fore. Central questions on the three dimensions are always analyzed with regard to practiced agility.
Practiced Agility also means:
- Introducing new products and services faster and easier.
- Focusing on relevant tasks, achieve goals and being able to learn from minor mistakes due to collaboration and avoid major ones.
- Reacting quickly to changing requirements and being capable of acting in complex situations.
- Interacting cross-functionally, give room to creativity and start something new.
- Communicating effectively and work together in a motivated team.
The result of the EFS Agility Check is a location assessment in the form of an agility report. The check shows in which areas the company is already agile, which foundation can be built upon and where possible potentials lie. EFS Consulting sees itself as a sparring partner and contributes best practice experience to derive recommendations for action.
Companies are supported in living agility holistically and authentically for the organization and its employees.