Your organization can be unique but if you feel that is the reason why your SaFe® transformation isn’t successful, you are wrong. The road to SaFe® adoption is never really smooth, and yes organizations fail. But once you know what the potential problems can be, you can be careful to avoid them and make sure the tedious demanding process of SaFe® implementation is successful.
All Members Are Not Properly Trained
For any successful transformation, every employee needs proper guidance throughout. First identify your leaders, your founding members, and then the development teams. To head towards success, make sure each member is aware of the direction and pace they need to be working on. A SaFe® Certification from a well-established source can also help you ensure that your SaFe® adaption is not only successful but also strengthens the future of your organization.
Don’t Opt for a Tool or a Process
Adapting to Agile is transforming an entire culture and is bound to be difficult and conflicting. Unfortunately, to attain the results you must go through the tedious path itself and there is no shortcut. You may come across other ‘easier’ processes or tools that promise to help you with agile. These may come in handy, but it’s not all. You need a tighter grasp on the agile concepts before you do on relevant sophisticated tools.
Relying Heavily on Outside Consultants or Not Enough
While outside consultants are extremely necessary to the process of change, what companies commit the mistake of is solely relying on them. Change is as external as it is internal, and you must share the responsibilities. Appoint your employees who have potential, as some of the leaders. The consultants are there to help, but your organization from its core needs to take up the brunt of the charge. Remember the consultants are there for guidance, and not responsible for solving all your organizational problems.
Not Taking Customer Feedback Seriously
It’s often a vicious cycle where the organization fails to take their client’s feedback seriously and as a result, the customer starts disregarding the feedback process as well. No one can help you improve better than your customers, and your agile teams are an integral part. A product can be perfect but not according to what your customer demands. Thus all will be futile without customer satisfaction.
Functional Teams < Cross-Functional Teams
With Agile, comes the need for any changes to adapt the framework in all its essence. You can teach the values to your teams but keeping them allotted to the same old functional structure will help nobody. Team members will immediately start thriving and ease up into better performance with cross-functional teams, where the environment is consistently stimulating with better communication, creativity, problem-solving, etc.
Going too Fast or Giving Up Midway
Adapting to agile is not inexpensive or easy. So if you start on the process of transformation and find the road too bumpy and give up midway, it’ll do your organization more harm than good. Similarly, if you are under the illusion that Agile adoption is easy and your process is way too fast-paced, chances are you are doing it wrong.
Agile adoption is indeed difficult but not impossible. And to ease it up for you and ensure your success you need adequate help. This is where KnowledgeHut shines, helping train internal employees and consultants, helping them embrace Agile to the very core, transforming the face of many organizations.