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Stage Four: Agile IQ® 131-165

Your Performance

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Your overall Agile IQ® score puts you in Stage Four.  Stage Four suggests that most of the company is taking part in agile teams. Relative to other organisations, your overall agile capability maturity is likely very high.

Forecast cost savings


Average time to release value

Up to 5 days

Average time to pivot to change

Up to 7 days

Forecast psychological safety


It typically takes a company 3-5 years to reach Stage Four. Only 10% of digital 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. It shouldn’t be unusual for their teams to double their throughput when the type of work is consistent over a few months.

Archetypal behaviours

Your Agile IQ® score shows that many of the teams in the company have strong agile behaviours. The ones that start to focus on optimising flow will help decrease the company's ability to pivot to disruptive change. Cost savings in Stage Four companies for agile adoption can reach $20M+ per year.

Management by objectives
move to
Lean practices and measuring value
Reporting on objectives and tasks
move to
Reporting on value-based metrics based on the impact and outcome investments have to customers and the conmpany

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.

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.

What to avoid

Data on the fastest path to growth, based on other companies' successes and lessons learned, is key to avoid the traps of transformation

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, leave us alone" is a common sign that teams have only implemented agile as a fixed process over a way to continously improve. They might 'appear' to be a Stage Four team, but they're likely to be hiding deeper behavioural problems.

Agile IQ® gives you real comparison data

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