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Stage Three: Agile IQ® 93-130

Your Performance

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Your overall Agile IQ® score puts you in Stage Three.  Stage Three suggests that you are starting to see tangible results from your investment in your digital transformation. Transparency of the health of your products and services is higher, enabling leaders to make informed decisions on where to invest.

Forecast cost savings


Average time to release value

Up to 2 weeks

Average time to pivot to change

Up to 30 days

Forecast psychological safety


It typically takes a company 1-2 years to reach Stage Three. Unfortunately, Many slide backwards to Stage One or Two after 2-3 years thinking”the job is done”.

What is Stage Three?

Stage Three organisations start showing higher levels of productivity, transparency and quality. They typically advance to even higher levels of effectiveness when they learning advanced patterns and practices such as Design Thinking, Kanban to optimise for flow, and Lean to reduce waste.

Predictability of quality and delivery will improve when the company shifts focus to creating a sustainable pace. Sustainable pace:

  • Improves predictability.
  • Reduces team burn-out and fatigue.

Encourage teams to find their rhythm and establish a state of flow supported by metrics. 

Archetypal behaviours

Your Agile IQ® score shows that your organisation is starting to show real benefits from agile reflected in the way managers, teams, and the company focuses on product management.

Project Management
move to
Product Management
Stakeholder requirements
move to
"Customer first" mindset
Measuring efficiency and milestone based deliverables
move to
Measuring value, impact and outcomes

Key to growth

Your Agile IQ® score suggests that while benefits from agile are being received, growth is reliant on ensuring that when delivery pressures are strong that people don't revert back to old behaviours.

Explore additional practices
actions for growth
Add DevOps, Design Thinking, Kanban, and XP on top of Scrum
Evolve to Product Management
actions for growth
Avoid reinforcing traditional project management behaviours and practices.
Alignment and Cadence
actions for growth
For scaled agile initiatives and agile release trains, ensure all teams are Sprinting and aligned so that the whole company can also "Sprint".

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

Feature factory
Turning teams into a factory for delivery of requirements. The whole system needs to be inspecting, adapting, and improving.
Agile as a Methodology
As soon as practices are standardised they cease to improve. Don't turn agile into just a "project management methodology".
Set and forget
Assume "we're agile" and the job is done. Consider who is accountable for ensuring that agile is an effective operating model for product management and how to report on it.

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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Cost savings modelling

Track cost savings trends as Agile IQ increases.

Time to release value

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Throughput trends

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