Agile Maturity

YStage Two: Starting
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Agile IQ®: 49-92/200

Stage Two Industry Benchmarks

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An Agile IQ score of 49-92 puts you in Stage Two.  Stage Two suggests that you are likely learning how to support self-managing, cross-functional, agile teams. This is where most company’s business transformation gains traction.

An organisation will become “agile” and more resilient to change when the basics are truly mastered.

Average time to pivot to change

Up to 3 months

Forecast cost reduction


Average time to release value

More than 1 month

Forecast psychological safety


It typically takes a company 1 year to reach Stage Two. Improved adaptability and cost savings will start to come when the company moves into Stage Three.

What is Stage Two?

Stage Two organisations are strongly invested in learning and focussing on getting the basics of their agile operating models right.  Some adaptability exists, but it isn’t resilient. It can be quite fragile.

While organisations at this stage of composability fitness have adaptability, they often lack resilience. When disruptive change occurs, many slip back into older, more comfortable ways of handling change, esptypically devolve to criss management.

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.

Tailoring practices you don't yet have any experience with.
Agile values
People will claim they have an agile mindset but have no change to their work behaviours. An agile mindset requires demonstration through agile behaviours.
Cargo cult
Teams often missunderstand visual management for Kanban, and use it as an excuse not to change to using Sprints and increments of work.

Archetypal behaviours

Your Agile IQ® score shows that you may have both project teams and agile teams. Focussing on developing one will help yield faster time to market. lower costs, and improved adaptability.

Customising practices
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Learning the fundamentals before your company starts customising it doesn't yet have any experience with.
Customising roles and titles
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Alignment to industry standards with new words that will help create change
Creating an overly complex company-wide "agile methodology"
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Keeping things simple

Key to growth

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

Ensure key agile roles are in place
actions for growth
Understand the role off managers versus Product Owners and Scrum Masters. Ensure minimal agile roles are supported.
Changing digital practices
actions for growth
Learning mindset. Focus team leads and capability managers on improving the company's capabilities over directing and task managing them.
Focus on teams
actions for growth
Self-organisation with guardrails established by management
Create consistency
actions for growth
Creating consistency of practice and terminology so that everyone has a shared understanding of how work is now delivered

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