8 Steps For Creating An Agile Enterprise - InformationWeek
07:06 AM

8 Steps For Creating An Agile Enterprise

Companies are moving to become agile organizations, but it's easy to stumble. Here are eight steps your enterprise can take to move from waterfall to agile.
1 of 9

(Image: Planbox via Wikimedia Commons)

(Image: Planbox via Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Ryan Eaton, Universal Mind's EVP of Delivery, and David Tucker, its VP of Experience Technology, will be talking about agile development in the enterprise at Interop Las Vegas 2016, May 2-6 at the Mandalay Bay.

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.

Create a culture where technology advances truly empower your business. Attend the Leadership Track at Interop Las Vegas, May 2-6. Register now!


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.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is executive editor for technical content at InformationWeek. In this role he oversees product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he acts as executive producer for InformationWeek Radio and Interop Radio where he works with ... View Full Bio

1 of 9
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Apprentice
3/10/2016 | 4:55:29 PM
Great Post
Great post.  I am a Lean (#TPS, #Lean Startup) Guy and this really struck a chord.  I view Agile Development as a child of Lean Management.  Both are holistic methods that solve similar problems. To be wildly successful you must change the culture as well as the way you measure and reward success.  In fact, you nailed all the basic tenets of Lean!
User Rank: Ninja
3/7/2016 | 2:53:17 PM
Steve Jobs did it...
"Tucker and Eaton each talked about the issues that can arise when agile teams never communicate outside their members -- issues that are much worse when the enterprise has said that it's moving to an entirely agile methodology.

This is one of the things that Steve Jobs did so brilliantly.  He expanded his network beyond what most think is necessary and encouraged others to do the same so that the feedback and information he gathered was diverse and not narrowed by the tunnel vision of a project team or "groupthink" - things that can leave you dead in the water if you aren't careful.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll