How to Get Started with Agile Governance (19 Feb 2015)

Often companies are hesitant to get started with transitioning and/or transforming their Traditional Governance to Agile Governance since they’re unsure of where to start.  There are a number of paths that will get you to the same destination, but we have found the following format for the journey is most productive and beneficial:
1.  Begin with the Leadership Teams
  • Cascading Vision Workshop
    • This is designed to facilitate the Leadership Team in defining and agreeing upon the definition for each team member’s vision for their business and technology teams.
    • Half-day format
    • Facilitator-led, hands-on participative format
    • The output of this workshop are the visions that will be used to guide each of the Portfolios, Programs and Projects/Teams that work with each member of the Leadership Team
2.  Walkabout Workshop / Big Room Planning
  • After the Vision(s) is in place, the next step is to build the “big picture” by bringing all of the teams together to product the Portfolio View
  • Full-day format
  • Facilitator-led, hands-on participative format … includes both the Leadership Team and all teams involved in delivering the Portfolio
  • The output of this workshop is the big picture, i.e. Portfolio View
3.  The Cutting Room floor exercise / Portfolio Prioritization
  • Once the Portfolio View is in place, then the Leadership Team and Teams prioritize the work in the portfolio and create work in process limits for each Portfolio, Program and Project/Team
    • The Portfolio is balanced against the organization’s velocity using this exercise
  • Two-day format
  • Facilitator-led, hands-on participative format .. includes both the Leadership Team and all teams involved in delivering the Portfolio
  • The output of this exercise is the Prioritization of all work included for the Portfolios, Programs and Projects/Teams that is balanced with the existing organizational velocity
4.  Ongoing tailored solutions, including the training, coaching and mentoring of the Leadership Teams and all teams involved in delivering the Portfolios.
  • Tailored solutions for each organization’s specific situation, can include:
    • Structuring and/or setting-up an Agile PMO
    • Structuring and/or setting-up an Agile Governance Group (AGG) or Agile Transformation Group (ATG) – used in parallel with the Agile PMO
    • Refining and/or transforming the organization’s existing Governance meeting structure to an Agile Cadence
    • Creating the Agile Communication / Reporting dashboards
  • This step includes both longer-term implementations and health-checks on a regular cadence (when up and running with the customized solution that fits the needs and culture of the organization)
If you’re still unsure of where to begin, then contact Ted or Andrew to arrange for a customized assessment of your organizations readiness to implement Agile Governance.

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As with all of our other blog posts previously shared on Agilean.se, these thoughts are Andrew’s and Ted’s and don’t necessarily reflect those of the Knowit Group, PMI, Scrum Alliance, Agile Alliance, etc.

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