According to the Business Dictionary, an agile enterprise is a, "Fast moving, flexible and robust firm capable of rapid response to unexpected challenges, events, and opportunities. Built on policies and processes that facilitate speed and change, it aims to achieve continuous competitive advantage in serving its customers."
Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? The question, of course, is how to create an agile enterprise from the primordial ooze of an existing organization.
In a telephone interview with InformationWeek, they discussed the process of moving from a traditional organization to an agile enterprise. The steps can look a bit different between one organization and the next, but there are important common strategies and tactics to heed for success.
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No matter how a company approaches the move to agile, Tucker said, "The important things for organizations to understand is that this isn't theoretical. There are companies making huge strides." As examples, he listed, "HMH, John Deere Financial, Microsoft -- there are a lot of great stories about companies that have created a track record of success."
Here, then, are eight steps you and your organization can take in order to become an agile enterprise. Which have you embraced? Which are you ready to embrace? Let us know how your company is moving toward agile and how the experience is playing out across the organization. Let's meet in the comments section below -- and at Interop in Las Vegas.
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