Bridging the gap between agile teams and the more traditional management tiers

The shift towards a more agile way of working has been going on for a while now. The adoption of agile practises like Scrum, Kanban, SAFe and The Spotify Model are still on the agenda of many organisations. The ones that have already started their adoption quickly notice the struggle between how the traditional management tiers deal and interact with the now more agile teams and -organisation. At Lean Vertical, we build the bridge between agile management approaches and more traditional practices. By leveraging readily available data, we speed up escalation processes and measure what matters, translated into comprehensible output. Time, budget, scope, value and foremost important: quantified quality attributes.

The layers of escalation are slowing you down

Status reports and meetings have their benefits, yet they are also time-consuming and slow. The ever-increasing pace of change and the rate at which decisions need to be taken in agile environments don’t go well with the traditional status reports…

By the time relevant information has reached the right level of the management tier, the problem might have become irrelevant or already became worse. It’s a hassle to get all the right information through these layers and decision making takes up days, weeks or sometimes even months.

Because change is now happening so fast, reporting needs to be done in real time. Enabling both the agile teams and the management tiers to take appropriate action when challenges occur. Real time decision-making will save time, money and is extremely relevant in the moment.

How agile metrics differ from conventional metrics

In a traditional plan-driven environment, metrics are used to track a project or product against cost and a schedule. Where a more agile environment is primarily focussed on producing a working product. This doesn’t mean that metrics related to cost and schedule are neglected, they’re just represented differently.

The challenge for organisations that still have a conventional management tier, but work in more agile, lies within reporting the full picture. This means combining both plan-driven metrics and agile metrics to create a complete overview of what is actually happening. Failing to do so, will make the groundwork of agile teams a black-box for the conventional management tiers.

The important role of data

Data has become the life-blood of many organisations, yet few of them are succeeding in leveraging this data to improve their internal kitchen. With readily available data in tools used internally on a day-to-day basis, many organisations are missing out on the opportunities to leverage this data. Either for reporting purposes or to drive continuous improvement throughout the organization with techniques like process mining and predictive analytics.

Want to know more on how we can help you leverage your data to enable faster decision making, drive continuous improvement and gain more insight in the agile island within your organisation?