Organizational Development is like Architecture

Agility allows teams and organizations to adapt and react quickly to a fast-changing and constantly evolving environment. Understanding agility and using the Agile mindset to design the working agreements and processes within your teams will make the effectiveness and efficiency ready for the 21st century.

The process of how different positions or departments within an organization are cooperating within themselves or with each other is one of the aspects leaders think need to be determined by them. We know from complexity and change management that a leader is usually unknowingly overwhelmed with situations. Therefore everybody can help to optimize team cooperation.

Team cooperation depends on domain of complexity

Directors successful in one organization often fail when taking the same position in a different organization. They often apply their best practices which worked at the old organization without being aware of the complex domain they are navigating within their new organization. With all the metrics, KPI’s or revenue figures we are supposed to turn companies around with we often tend to forget that each organization is foremost a construct of human interactions.

An optimal team cooperation process within teams is therefore not solely the duty of the director. While this person probably has the best skills to foresee issues and give ideas about their past experiences, they are not safe to fail. Organizations should embrace an environment for teams to establish processes in which they are safe to fail and learn from their experiences. It is the leaders who should give the directions and give guidance as to where the team can experiment in order to find the best solution to cooperate with the whole organization.

The Agile Manifesto of Software Development

The Agile Manifesto of Software Development is a set of 4 values and 12 principles which should guide teams to focus on delivering value as soon and as often as possible. While it is a philosophy that originated in the software development industry, its connotations can be applied throughout all industries. Replacing “Working Software” with “Delivering value” makes the Manifesto more comprehensive and wholesome.

The principle No 5 says: “Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.”
It embraces the fact that motivated individuals in self-organized teams are most effective, efficient and therefore most productive. Nevertheless, most organizations do not trust their individuals enough. And even if they do trust them they misunderstand the principle stating that people left alone will organize their work.

For most successful organizations applying the self-organizational principle the truth is somewhere in the middle: Neither that individuals simply create optimized processes on their own, nor that they are told step by step how to go about things. Today’s managers should be leaders – leading people into the right learnings, applying better tools and as a result being more successful. While optimizing team cooperation seems to be more effective when the team is doing it autonomously the organization needs to provide the values, tools and environment to make them effective and efficient.

Consulting Services for Agility in Processes

Your team already has an Agile way of working? With our assessment we can analyze and evaluate it as well as suggest improvements on how you might be able to improve the process.
An initial training on Agile Manifesto, Scrum, Kanban or any other Agile way of working, we can ensure, that all individuals are aligned on terminology, tools & practices and speak the same language.
Through Advisory we support your teams, leaders and other stakeholders on how they might be able to improve the agility in their process. The difference to coaching is, that we will direct your teams into the right direction with clear instructions
Based on common knowledge we empower your teams in individual or small group sessions to be able to detect improvements in their processes on their own and fixing them sustainably.

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