Using Agile methods and practices for the management of work does not necessarily lead to an adaptive business.
So what do Lean and Agile principles tell us about the way we need to design, build and operate modern businesses? Can we design organisations that are adaptive, innovative and engaging for customers, employees, managers and leaders alike? The presentation will demonstrate the importance of creating the right work-climate for Agile to manage work more effectively and to go further ensuring the business as a whole can become highly adaptive to their customers and the marketplace.
Description: Lean and Agile workplaces depend heavily on the management choices for work design, measurement, rewards, team structures, working practices, methods and approaches to management and staff relationships.
These choices combine in complex ways to create a perception of ‘how it feels to work here’, which we call the ‘work-climate’. Research has demonstrated that work-climate is a proven predictor of long-term business performance.
By examining the ‘work-climate’, we can then ask the following questions:
- What are the best choices for managers and staff to make?
- What needs to be eradicated?
- What needs to be redesigned?
- How do we put the customer and our employees at the heart of the business?
The survey provides direction and demonstrable evidence the work-climate is moving in the right direction to support Lean and Agile working.
Stephen Parry is an international leader and organisational architect, designing and creating adaptive organisations. He has a world-class reputation for passionate leadership and organisational transformation by changing the way employees, managers and leaders think about their business and their customers.
He is the author of Sense and Respond: The Journey to Customer Purpose (Palgrave), a highly regarded book written as a follow-up to his award-winning organisational transformations. His change work was recognised when he received Best Customer Service Strategy at the National Business Awards.
Stephen believes that organisations must be designed around the needs of customers through the application of employee creativity, innovation and willing contribution. This was recognised when his approach received awards from the European Service Industry for the Best People Development Programme and a personal award for Innovation and Creativity. His clients include many global corporations and national governments: SAP, LEGO, BT, UK government, police authorities, financial services, Telcos, retail, Legal Services, IT and software companies, outsourcing and shared services.