Agility is a universal management concept based on certain values and principles. It strives for discipline in operations, insights for adaptation and innovation in customer delivery. It does not assume a perfect environment and system for delivery. Rather, the methodology adapts its practices based on the existing system and builds on top of it for delivery to customer, even in times of disruption and uncertainty.
In the digital era, organisations are striving to be responsive to customer needs in a more flexible manner than ever. Rigidity in organisational design structures and operations will hinder businesses from being in the forefront of understanding the customer and gaining competitive advantage in time to market. Even large corporations aim to have the nimbleness of a start-up and the capability of a stable organisation to quickly understand the market dynamics and re-position their products and services accordingly. It stems from the realisation that competition of today’s world is more frequent, difficult to foresee and are seldom from the same industry. Some of the indications of this disruption are changing customer behaviour, need for accurate information, higher expectations from workforce, technology commoditisation and changes in supply chain dynamics. These forces imply that traditional delivery models may not be suited to meet the flexibility and speed required in the digital world.
Agility can help organisations achieve this state of responsiveness and flexibility. Agility is a design change for organisations, and a mindset change for people to be versatile in quickly appreciating what is needed for the customer and delivering it to the market in the shortest possible time with acceptable levels of quality. It involves all functions and departments in an organisation to work seamlessly, with a defined cadence, by having a sole intent of delivering value to the customer while remaining profitable.
KPMG in India’s agile transformation solutions are designed to impart agility in the way of working. We use methodologies such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Kanban, Scalable Agile Framework (SAFe®) and Large-Scale Scrum(LeSS). Our consultants have extensive working experience in these methodologies, combined with other continual improvement frameworks, which will provide an edge to our consulting deliveries.
Following are our key agile solutions
Transformation of business operations and establish an operating model powered by Agile. Establishing governance systems for organizations to monitor the execution of agile projects and manage the system through defined gates and tracks.
Transformation of development and services lifecycle from traditional modes to agile methods such as Scrum, Kanban, Kaizen events, SAFe®, XP etc.
Independent and objective of agility of organizations systems based on a well-defined scorecard to evaluate parameters of engineering, operations, people, and processes. Following are the parameters of agile assessment:
Provides insights into the readiness of product/service vision/roadmap
Focus on practices followed to build the product/service
Early Working Product
Focus on dependency management and release readiness
Focus on team maturity and self-organization
Focus on ability of the team to overcome huddles and establish seamless delivery
Ability of the team to realign and quickly adapt to the changing needs
Hands-on practical trainings delivered in workshop mode for agile leaders and agile practitioners. The leadership workshop focuses on cognitive traits while the practitioner workshop covers methods and tools across agile methodologies.