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Stage One: Agile IQ® 0-48

Your Performance

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Your overall Agile IQ® score puts you in Stage One.  Stage One suggests that you have a number of people focussed on digital transformation, but relative to other organisations, your overall agile capability maturity is likely still fairly low.

Forecast cost savings


Average time to release value

More than 6 months

Average time to pivot to change

Up to 6 months

Forecast psychological safety

Very low

What is Stage One?

Delivery in Stage One organisations depends on talented people, but because skills are embedded in specific individuals, a company’s agility isn’t yet scalable and success isn’t repeatable. 

Organisations at this stage of their digital transformation are typically either just learning how to be agile, or haven’t firmly committed to changing their behaviour regarding way that they work. Choosing a framework as the basis of the company’s operating model, making the first real steps toward product management over project management, and just doing the basics right, is key to evolving to the next level.

Archetypal behaviours

Your Agile IQ® score shows that you may have traditional management behaviours in place over guardrails for self-management.

Management by task delegation
move to
Self-management with set timeboxes, minimum agile roles, potentially releasable increment every Sprint.
Ad-hoc or waterfall practices
move to
Cross-functional teams that can deliver outcomes without needing to rely on upstream or downstream teams to provide an increment of value.
Optimising for utilisation
move to
100% utilisation doesn't mean people are working on the most valuable thing. Ensure teams are effective at delivering work to a standard level of quality that is "potentially" releasable to userrs and/or stakeholders, not just being 100% utilised.

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.

Self-organising teams
actions for growth
Executives and managers must establish and promote guardrails for self-organisation. Agile needs to become the company's operating model.
Agile IQ® ROI metrics
actions for growth
Use data, not gut instinct, to make informed decisions on where to focus capability development.
Improve the transparency of work
actions for growth
Employ team backlogs over project gantt charts are a good place to start.

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

Team design
Functional, single capability or component teams.
Autonomous teams. All teams should still have alignment of purpose, function, quality, standards and backlogs.
Cargo cult
Assuming the symbols of agile make teams agile. Only a change in the way teams work will give the company the benefits of agile.

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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