How to Support the Shift in Moving Towards Enterprise Agility
When Agile crossed from the team to the enterprise, several organisational challenges emerged, resulting in a new field we now know as Enterprise Agile Coaching (EAC). This new and exciting area requires a specific yet diverse range of skills and competencies needed to support the shift in moving towards enterprise agility. This shift occurs because enterprise agility requires the move from “change as an exception” to “change as the norm”. Mindset change can be hard for many to grasp and even to accept, and therefore needs to be embedded into the organisational change process. By approaching agile transitions with this understanding, we can enable an effective and sustainable enterprise-level agile transformation.
Why is this important?
Moving towards Enterprise Agility is a combination of process and the reaction to the process by those involved. This is challenging work and requires a specific skill set and knowledge base.
This includes working with:
- organizational structures and culture
- developing leaders
- building a strong team culture
- growing technical practices
- change and program management
- complex adaptive systems
- increasing business agility
Given this wide scope, you realise this isn’t a set role but an advanced toolkit of broad skills and competencies across several domains thus enabling EACs to act as “catalysts in guiding change”. However, until now, there have been few resources and trainings supporting the development of skills and competencies required for enterprise coaching in an agile transition context.
Take a deep dive into the field of Enterprise Agile Coaching
“Coaching for Enterprise Agility” is our most advanced course and can be taken alongside our “Enterprise Agility Masterclass”. The content runs very deep, looking at coaching and organisational design on an enterprise level. Some of the topics covered include:
- ethics – we’ll explore real life scenarios to understand the consequences when tools are misused.
- org change strategy – add a variety of change strategies to suit different organizational contexts, needs and readiness to your toolkit, enabling you to successfully increase organizational agility
- human change process – gain insights, models and techniques to help people understand what change means to them. We’ll put our learnings to practice discovering how we react to various stages in a change process.
- organisation systems entry – learn how to establish an effective agile coaching relationship with an organisation so you can create positive mutual trusting relationships using organisation systems entry techniques.
- facilitation at an organisational level – engaging execs and leadership in a large group takes a lot more planning and consideration compared to team meetings due to the time and money involved. You’ll come away from this training with a facilitator guide and large group facilitator methods that will help you successfully engage and facilitate large group meetings with the exec and leadership.
- personal and professional mastery – continuous self-improvement should be a pre-requisite for ourselves, but it’s sometimes forgotten. We’ll show you how to design and develop your own learning plan to support and deepen your growth and competencies.
This is advanced stuff whereby we take a deep dive through a process of (some) theory-led lecture and plenty of hands-on workshops, ensuring our ethos of “learning while doing.” You will come away from the three days with the skills needed to help individuals, teams and organisations through the challenges they face when transitioning to agile ways of working. From our knowledge, there isn’t a course covering this material like this in the UK
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