Current Top Theme:

Agility

The term “agility” has become an integral part of modern project business mainly due to digitalization of business processes and the resulting software requirements. Literature and numerous companies offer benchmarks for any IT system design - no matter whether individual Scrum-teams or models adapted to hundreds of people are concerned. One must bear in mind that agile principles for production and logistics have been known for decades as lean approaches. Agility is pursued in productive areas in the form of Kanban-boards, minimisation of WIP, interdisciplinary and (partly) autonomous teams, CIP, and further elements. Nevertheless, more up-to-date agile approaches help in particular to capture requirements and to verify their fulfilment, and, moreover, to successfully design and implement changes beyond software development. Thus, changes can be implemented not only effectively but also efficiently.

Your experts

Christian Schauler

christian.schauler@cnx-consulting.de

Nicole Zieger

nicole.zieger@cnx-consulting.de

 

Your challenges

  • Do you want to further develop your executives´ competencies?

  • Is it time for you to implement an agile management style in your organisation?

  • Leadership in your company should occur on equal footing?

  • And finally, do you want a good fitting of leadership and teaming?

Do you want to move with time and to adapt your leadership culture to the requirements of complex present and future circumstances? We would like to accompany you on this way with our know-how.

Agile Leadership

Leadership is changing

The modern way of leadership is veering away more and more from conventional top-down management. Modern organisations need modern executives who understand an employee-centered, bottom-up leadership culture. Therefore, to us, leadership means promoting and involving employees, in order to develop solutions for complex problems together with them. This is the only way for organisations to succeed in keeping up with the challenges of the complicated VUCA-world, to keep the ability to decide and act, and to stay innovative and successful in the long term.

 

Your challenges

  • Do you wonder whether an agile approach would offer added value in your individual case?

  • Do you want to find out which agile method (Scrum, Kanban, etc.) would be suitable for you?

  • Are you facing the challenge of adapting your employees´ behaviour and acting sustainably to the agile work structure?

We assist you as sparring partner and consultant in your agile transformation. We help you to choose the suitable approach (e.g. SCRUM, SAFe, LeSS) and to change the work method in your company in a sustainable way. Our comprehensive knowledge and practical experience in realizing agile transformations renders us your strong partner. We accompany you on your way to becoming an adaptable and viable company.

Agile Methods

More than a trend – your answer to complexity

Volatility, complexity, and uncertainty are more and more determining the business environment. As a result, the pressure on companies to change is increasing. A fast adaptation to today´s challenges such as digitalization necessitates appropriate ways of working. The iterative approach of agile methods proves to be very effective and facilitates a fast and efficient response to change in a volatile environment.

 

Your challenges

  • Do you want your employees, teams, organisational units, and executives to live up to an agile mind-set?

  • Do you want all to act in concert and solve problems together instead of struggling in trench warfares?

  • Do you want the relevant stakeholders in your company to speak the same language and work for your company´s success with common values?

 

Our consultants and coaches help you tackle this difficult task systematically and sustainably. We support you on all hierarchy levels – both on the people side and on the process side.

 

Agile Mindset

Not only a method but an attitude

People’s actions arebased on inner values. Therefore, it is an indispensable pre-requisite for success that these values fit with the company´s strategic direction. Surmising this simple thought, it becomes clear why a strategic handling with the mindset as collection of the employees´ values constitutes a critical success factor. Without changing the employees’ inner values one cannot expect a change their actions. The agile mind-set is characterized by openness, focus, respect, courage, commitment, and, above all, customer centricity. Whoever wants to meet customer wishes in time, with the adequate quality and within budget in a more and more dynamic, insecure, complex and fast-paced world, needs employees who live up to these values.

 

Your challenges

  • Would you like to align your organization or project with an agile scaling framework?

  • Would you like to evaluate which framework (SAFe, LeSS, Nexus, etc.) is suitable for your project?

  • Are you looking for support in the implementation of these scaling frameworks?

 

We have many years of experience in the transformation of large organizational units and projects. Culture and structure, tools and processes, thinking and acting - as agile coaches and consultants, we ensure that agile transformation is fully and sustainably anchored in your organization.

Agile Scaling

Agile working method for entire
organizational units

Companies are a network of organizational units. It is the interaction of the employees within these different units that gets the business processes up and running. This is especially true for complex projects that are handled by a large number of agile teams. How is it possible to align employees and teams from different departments so that they can focus on the customer? For this purpose, a suitable organizational structure is a central success factor for which various so-called organizational frameworks are available. They are designed to coordinate a large number of participants and their work steps in an agile manner. Agile working methods are scaled from the team level to the department, project or even organization level.

 

Your challenges

  • You ask yourself how you can set up and develop a team in an agile manner?

  • You want to get the most out of your team and enable it to act with foresight, flexibility, proactivity and customer orientation?

  • You want to know which team composition fits best to which kind of agility?

 

As organization and team developers, we are happy to assist you in the challenge of forming an agile team. We help you to develop suitable communication and workshop formats, we coach you in the transition phase and we help you to enhance networking within the team and across team boundaries. As in every agile environment, you need to keep in mind that only those who try it out can get ahead. Practice makes perfect! We are happy to offer you orientation for this experimental phase.

 

Agile Team

'We' instead of 'I': Ensure the leap is successful with our support

Teamwork and team spirit are important ingredients for any success - not only in an agile project environment. In this environment, however, they are transformed from recommended to essential. Trust, transparency, self-organization, frequent feedback, openness and good handling of mistakes and progress - these are just some of the ingredients that make a good agile team. However, such a team is not an end in itself. Once in motion, an agile team accelerates decision-making processes, works more efficiently, implements ideas more effectively and increases the motivation of each individual employee. This enhances the performance of your company and secures the most important entrepreneurial resources in the new millennium: your employees.

 

Your challenges

  • Are you wondering where agile tools can help you?

  • Do you want to choose the right tools for you?

  • You are introducing new tools and are looking for support?

  • The potential of your currently used tools has not yet been fully exploited?

We support you in the selection of suitable tools through needs analyses, develop a practical qualification strategy together with you and ensure a sustainable implementation. With our know-how, we help you to fully exploit your potential in agile working methods!

Agile Tools

Digital tools as a means to exploit your potentials

In an agile work environment, teams must continuously organize, coordinate and structure themselves in order to be able to work customer-oriented and efficiently. In this context, digital tools enable teams to work together in real time and without data breaks. This implies: distributing tasks, describing requirements, representing dependencies, tracking progress, managing test processes and results and much more. Especially for virtual teams, digital solutions enabling team members to network across multiple locations have become indispensable. When introducing new tools, sustainable implementation is crucial. This requires not only practical qualification, but also the creation of understanding and acceptance for the new software.