Business Agility

There was a time when economies of scale swamped all other corporate attributes – and a time of stable competitive advantage – where sticking to a single core competency was sufficient. Big companies dominated. Sure, they were slow to react to market change, but they had huge cost advantages and could lock down distribution channels, suppliers, and other sources of strength.

But that is last decade’s thinking. Seventy percent of the companies that were on the Fortune 1000 list a mere ten years ago have now vanished –unable to adapt to change.  Today, when every industry faces turbulent change as a matter of course, a company’s ability to identify opportunities and threats and react accordingly can be the difference between sustaining performance and falling behind. There are notable examples of successful companies, some wildly so, that are changing the game by using Agile principles, principles that have typically been associated with software development, to successfully respond to and learn from external events, to innovate technically and organizationally, and to plan and execute new courses of action.

In an effort to break free from the stranglehold of inertia caused by adherence to outdated business strategies, businesses are looking to the principles of Agile to help sense opportunities and threats early and often, to quickly identify and solve problems and to change the enterprise’s resource base as needed to respond – giving rise to the notion of Business Agility.

Business Agility is a cultivated capability that enables an organization to embrace market and operational changes as a matter of routine, to identify the most important initiatives/opportunities and respond in a timely, effective, and sustainable way.

The Business Agility workshop covers the following topics:

  • The Dirty Little Secret of Agile
  • Agile Can’t be Just for Software Anymore.
  • Introducing Business Agility
  • Benefits of an Business Agility
  • Examples of Agile Businesses
  • The Business Agility Paradigm Shift
  • Steps to Business Agility
  • Where do we go from here? – The Role of Agilists in the new Paradigm

Who should attend:

  • Executives
  • Executive Vice Presidents
  • Senior Vice Presidents
  • Vice Presidents
  • Directors
  • Senior Managers