Agile Maturity

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Stage Four: Agile IQ® 131-165

Stage Four Industry Benchmark

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An Agile IQ score of 131-165 puts you at Stage Four.  Stage Four suggests that most of the company has shifted to valuing responsiveness over low-risk, predictable execution. At this level of composability, the organisation is highly resilient to disruptive change that can impact both its people’s mental health and the quality of its services and products.

Average time to pivot to change

Up to 7 days

Forecast cost reduction


Average time to release value

Up to 5 days

Forecast psychological safety


It typically takes a company 3-5 years to reach Stage Four. Only 10% of business transformations reach Stage Four. 

What is Stage Four?

Stage Four organisations are high performers. Their teams regularly show consistent high throughput at a high level of quality and sustainable pace. Stage Four companies’ are resilient because they are highly attuned to their business environment – they simply adapt quickly, reprioritise tactics, and continue delivery with very little interruption.

What to avoid

86% of business transformations fail. Don't make decisions based on "gut instinct". Base growth on data that compares you to other companies and their successful actions for improvement. Agile IQ® provides you with this data.

Groupthink is a real danger for teams that rapidly reach this stage. They internalise their sense of superiority and end up slipping back to Stage Two if they aren't kept an eye on.
"But we deliver!"
"But we deliver!" is a common cry from teams that have only implemented agile in name only (faux agile) over a way to continously improve. They might 'appear' to be a Stage Four team, but they're likely to be hiding deeper problems and change resistance. These teams are typically barely at Stage Two.

Archetypal behaviours

Your Agile IQ® score suggests that many of the teams in your company have strong agile behaviours and composability fitness. Their ability to pivot and adapt to disruptive change with little impact to delivery will depend on their ability to optimise end-to-end flow of their value stream.

Cost savings in Stage Four companies for agile adoption can reach $20M+ per year.

Management by objectives and cost leadership at scale
move to
Lean practices, measuring value, and executives driving investment funding over yearly project budgeting cycles
Reporting on objectives and tasks
move to
Reporting on value-based metrics based on the impact and outcome investments have to customers and the company, e.g.: product usage index, customer satisfaction gap, product cost ratio, market share.
Technology automation drives efficiency and scale
move to
Composable technologies enable multiple outcomes simultaneously

Key to growth

Your Agile IQ® score suggests that while there is likely agile capability growth across your company, there may still be some competing priorities holding you back from resilience to change.

actions for growth
Use value stream maps to understand bottlenecks in the flow of value to customers and take actions to remove them.
actions for growth
Aggressively assess whether processes and practices add value to customers and, if not, how they can be removed.
actions for growth
Heavy use of value metrics will see a focus on why investment is being made and a focus on its impact over a "tick and flick" approach to delivery of features.

Agile IQ® gives you real comparison data for composability fitness

  • One assessment
  • Instant comparisons to other companies of a similar age
  • AI insights to inform business transformations decisions and capability improvement
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