Industrial Revolution 4.0 has been in progress since the middle of the last century. The breadth and depth of technology fusion have fundamentally altered the way we live and work. The accelerating pace of digital innovation and data explosion is a force to be reckoned with in any industry. Software-enabled technology has become the essential key for a business to succeed. No longer can companies afford to stay status quo and expect to remain competitive. Business leaders and senior executives challenge the parameters of their teams. Organizations are relentlessly and continuously seeking ways to innovate and extend the organizations’ delivery capabilities.
Over the last decade, Agile software development is widely accepted as the method enable organizations to deliver quality products with accelerated speed. Still, a significant percentage of transformations failed. Why? Because adopting tools and processes, simply created a group of small self-organizing teams. These teams were slowed down because other supporting teams or infrastructure or technology, could not respond as rapidly or have different mind-set. Not long the initial enthusiasm of Agile transition vanished. The changes were gone.
To fully support today’s disruptive technology, requires end-to-end organization agility. Moreover, to sustain the operational agility relies on a complete eco-system equally supporting people, process, and technology.
A well-understood and communicated transformation strategy and roadmap is a good start. Transitioning plan needs to address the problems of managing various project patterns, technology stacks, and operational constraints. Create metrics to validate progress. Develop procedures to allow change course as needed. Integrate continuous improvement into organization’s DNA. With right tools and culture, an organization can systematically and realistically apply changes and achieve tangible improvements in efficiency and quality.
Lean management system
Sustainable change requires collective behavior change. An organization needs a set of core values and tools that guide and facilitate the development of strategy, translating the strategy into operational actions, and continuously improving the effectiveness of both. Leaders must evolve their leadership approach. Focus on collective leadership. Build a safe environment to allow failures. Create processes to drive innovation and competitive advantage — are just a few examples.
Aligning daily work with strategy is the recipe for sustainability. A right management system creates a line of sight for guiding, implementing, and sustaining change throughout all levels of the organization.