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Stages of Agile Maturity

Stage One: Starting

Stage One: Starting

Delivery depends on talented people, but because skills are embedded on specific individuals, delivery isn’t scalable and success isn’t repeatable. A team at this stage of its agile journey is typically either just learning how to be agile, or hasn’t firmly committed to changing the way that they work. Choosing a framework and just doing the basics right is key to evolving to the next level.

Archetypal behaviours seen in this stage:

  • Management direction and task delegation.
  • Ad-hoc or waterfall practices.
  • Optimisation for ultilisation.

Focus for growth:

  • Managers must establish and promote guardrails for self-organisation.
  • Transparency of work.

What do avoid:

  • Don’t mistake self-organising teams for autonomous teams. Set the minimum set of rules, practices and roles to work within and let the team manage themselves to deliver within those boundaries.
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