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Agile IQ®

Stage one

Agile IQ® Score: 0-48

What is a "stage one" team?

A team at this stage of its agile journey is in the Shu stage of Shu Ha Ri. A Stage One team has an Agile IQ of 0-48.

A Stage One team is typically either just learning how to be agile, or hasn’t firmly committed to changing the way that they work. Their team’s behaviour is often exemplified by ad-hoc and Waterfall linear approaches to work. Skilled individuals in the team help minimise delivery risk, but the capability isn’t scalable or repeatable. 

Self-management is the key to moving to the next stage of agility.

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What is self-management?

Self-management isn’t chaos. It requires management to set guardrails that define the boundaries for team-level actions, behaviours, and expected outputs.

The stronger a team’s self-management behaviours, and the more managers support and encourage self-management, the stronger the outcomes agile brings: faster to market, higher quality, improved predictability, lower delivery risk and and transparency.

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