Understanding how agile your team is (or isn't!), is a first step towards increasing agile maturity. We can provide an impartial assessment of how your team or business is fairing and suggest ways to get to where you want to be.
Agile teams should be aiming for continuous improvement in everything they do - continuous improvement in the products or services they're delivering and continuous improvement in how they work as a team. So an agile teams agile maturity is relative to their own specific context and relative to how they've been improving over time.
For mature agile teams, those that are continually delivering value to users, where the team really is empowered to make decisions, where change is seen as new opportunities, for those teams agile it's just the way they work. It's part of their team and organisation culture. So when we look to assess agile maturity, we're really looking at the working culture of the team and the organisation. We're looking to provide an indication of how effective the team is at delivering value to users, given their current working context as a team and within the organisation.
At Joule Digital we have expertise in agile assessments within the workplace. We believe that those that "get agile" realise that there's little more you need to assess agile maturity over and above the agile manifesto values and principles. So they provide the primary measure against which we gauge the agile maturity of an organisation. However, we do not use them as an out-of-the box objective check-list against which we would simply score an organisation or teams agile maturity.
Instead we spend time with teams and organisation to understand how and why teams and organisations work in the way they do. We try to understand the underlying culture.
We'd observe any regular ceremonies, events or meetings and engage with individuals and teams as they work together day-to-day. We build up a picture of the behaviours and underlying shared values.
It's these that help us understand how agile a team or organisation is, are whether they align more with the values listed on the left or right side of the agile manifesto.
For government and government suppliers we can also provide an independent assessment against the GDS Digital Service Standard. Our coaches include ex-GDS Delivery Managers, and our coaches have worked with the GDS Digital Academy over many years designing and delivering many of their courses.
If your team doesn't seem to be continually improving or agile just doesn't seem to be working, it might be worth thinking about finding out how agile your team really is and get some help to improve their agile ways of working.
If you'd like to book an assessment or would like more information, then just get in touch.