Research reveals 6 key practices for establishing agile culture
The 2015 Pulse of the Profession® in-depth report Capturing the Value of Project Management Through Organizational Agility, recently released by Project Management Institute (PMI), reveals how organizations can create a culture of agility that enables projects and programs to be completed faster and more efficiently by establishing a framework around strategy, culture, leadership, people and process.
The report outlines concrete leading practices at the core of agile organizations. They start with a firm grounding in the basics of project management, including an appreciation for the value of experienced and well-trained professionals and the standardized project management practices they use. Agile organizations also actively engage executive sponsors, align projects to strategy and establish a well-aligned and effective PMO. In addition, they have better communicators, more collaboration, and greater engagement throughout an organization. They are change enablers and manage risk effectively.
Agile organizations succeed by embedding and adhering to six Foundational Practices:
- Responding quickly to strategic opportunities
- Shortening production/review/decision cycles
- Eliminating organizational silos
- Aligning new business capabilities to strategy
- Focusing on change management
- Integrating the voice of the customer
The results of the Pulse research focus on the value placed on the cultural elements of high organizational agility. A highly developed culture of agility exists when value is placed on ideals and behaviors such as collaboration, diversity, communication, creativity, transparency, and inquisitive thinking.
Above all, organizations that establish the following framework are better positioned to enable agility:
- Supportive Culture: Identifying the value of openness, transparency, respect, knowledge, improvement, and adaptation
- Strategic Flexibility: Capturing opportunities and responding quickly to varying demands
- Collective Leadership: Sharing a common view of strategy
- Capable People: Applying the right talent management resources
- Adaptive Process: Assessing and establishing new means to respond to change
“Agility allows a company to react quickly to internal logistical changes and unforeseen shifts in the marketplace,” said PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley. “It’s a critical competency for any organization whose core business is affected by the variability and volatility of evolving technologies and economies.”