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AGILE MATURITY

YStage Two: Starting
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Agile IQ: 49-92

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Your overall Agile IQ® score 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 companies start.

They become “agile” when the basics are truly mastered.

Forecast cost savings

Low

Average time to release value

More than 1 month

Average time to pivot to change

Up to 30 days

Forecast psychological safety

Low

It typically takes a company 1 year to reach Stage Two. 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. 

This stage is often called “Shu”. With a learning mindset combined with self-organisation, these two key areas are vital to seeing organisations improve their throughput, lowering costs, and reducing delivery risk through higher transparency.

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 and lower costs.

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

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

Customisation
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Tailoring practices you have yet to build experience with.
Agile values
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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
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Teams often missunderstand visual management for Kanban, and use it as an excuse not to change to using Sprints and increments of work.

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