Data-driven Approach to Company-wide Agility for Change Leaders
Learn about the strengths & weaknesses of your organization's journey toward company-wide agility that will guide your next actions. Gain a holistic perspective of (your company’s) organizational agility by using an assessment that is based on many years of experience and groundbreaking scientific theory.
Embracing a data-driven approach to company-wide agility doesn’t mean you’ll have all the answers - but you’ll be able to ask better questions.
Data is incredibly useful and important - but it is not enough by itself. It needs people with effective facilitation skills, understanding and context-awareness in order to be actionable. This is especially important today when remote work settings create additional barriers to communication and understanding.
The class will be guided by Jutta Eckstein and John Buck.
THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:
- Coach, Consultant
- Manager, Leader
- Member of a transformation team
- Member of a organizational development group
- Change Agent
- You will be able to answer the question: “As a company, how Agile are we actually?”
- You will learn how to plan your company's next steps based on data.
- You will be able to use the assessment back with your company and will have the skills to analyze the results. Students will be provided with a free premium subscription to the Comparative Agility platform (a $299 value) so that they can immediately apply the learnings of the class to their respective organizations.
PROCESS / APPROACH FOR THE CLASS
- The class will be based on the assessment hosted by Comparative Agility.
- The class will consist of 2 sessions, each 3 hours long.
- The class also includes a 1 hour 1-on-1 coaching session after the gathered sessions.
- The class size is limited to 10 participants.
- Over the two sessions we will use the class to collect data about company-wide agility and explore how to make meaning in terms of: transparency, continuous learning, constant customer focus, self-organization, and a connected perspective.
Dates, Times, Price - Everything you need to know:
- Session times: 8.00am PST, 11.00am EST, 17.00 CET, 21.30 IST for every session
- Session dates: November 13 & 20 (Fridays)
- Overall course: Each session lasts 3 hours. The two sessions built upon each other.
- Price: € 599. The price is equivalent to similar classes in Europe and North America. However, if the price prevents you from joining, please contact us to come up with a price that's reflecting your context.
- Subscription to the Comparative Agility platform: Students will be provided with a free premium subscription (a $299 value) to all Comparative Agility capabilities so that they can immediately apply the learnings of the class to their respective organizations.
- Further questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WORKSHOP IN A NUTSHELL
Giving Teams a Voice - Collecting the Data
- Communication strategy - explain the “why” of investing time in answering a survey
- What’s in it for me? - ensure leadership commitment is secured
- Ensuring Psychological Safety - the value and potential challenges of anonymity
- Response rates - approaches for making sure you get a representative dataset
Finding the Narrative - Analyzing the Data
- Statistics 101: understanding the differences between mean, median and average. Recognizing standard deviation, data ranges, outliers and percentiles.
- Understanding the power of relativity: how your analysis strategy can unlock uncommon insights at the team, program and organizational levels.
- Separating the signal from the noise: understanding what data points to focus on now - and what areas can be addressed later.
- Recognizing the power of cohesion to team performance
Individuals and Interactions - Understanding Context
- Leveraging the information generated by validated data to glean meaningful insights. Use data as an input for generating better, more targeted interactions.
- Hone in on the underlying causes of the challenges identified through the data; collaborate to understand
- Identify concrete experiments to address the challenges (organizational impediments backlog)
Respect for People - Individual Interviews in a Safe Environment
- Go beyond the numbers and collaborative insights to understand how people feel in a safe and confidential environment. Conduct individual interviews to gain additional color and context.
- Learn ways to gain additional information: What surprised you about the results? What obvious aspects are we missing? What would they do if they could decide without consequences?
- Understand and respect individual differences - and how idiosyncrasies can affect team norms and performance.
Gain A Holistic Perspective - Identify Objective Metrics to Complement Insights
- Given the challenges identified earlier, identify objective (and ideally automated) metrics to complement the narrative.
- Clarify challenges of metrics; avoid vanity metrics, what gets measured gets done - beware of metrics as “weapons”, no snapshots - trends
Making the Case - Gain Leadership and Organizational Support for Changes
- Putting it all together. Combine CA data, meaningful conversations, interviews and objective baselines to make a compelling case for change.
- Limit WIP; ensure you focus on only 1-3 changes; avoid taking on too much. And make sure you have organizational and financial support from senior leadership.
- Tie improvements back to strategic imperatives. Be ruthless about showing progress - negative and positive - to create transparency, openness and honesty.
- Repeat the process on a regular cadence; revisit results, adjust, improve and communicate broadly
- Embrace a culture of data-driven continuous improvement.
Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, trainer, author and speaker. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make agile transitions. She is experienced in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large, distributed mission-critical projects and has written about her experiences. She holds a M.A. Business Coaching & Change Management, a Dipl.Eng. Product-Engineering, and a B.A. in Education.
She is a member of the Agile Alliance (having served on the board of directors from 2003-2007) and a member of the program committee of many different American, Asian and European conferences, where she has also presented her work.
John Buck is President of GovernanceAlive LLC, an international training and consulting organization headquartered in Washington, DC, USA. The firm also offers mediation and meeting facilitation services. John has taught many training workshops on sociocracy and led many implementation projects for a variety of organizations, more recently expanding to include BOSSA nova. He serves on the boards of various other organizations. His research and development is ongoing. For example, he is working with Fujitsu’s advanced software lab to develop Weaver, software that helps meetings go better – in-person, online, and asynchronous.
John Buck has extensive management experience with government and corporations, including managing large information technology projects. His clients span the globe and include plastics manufacturers, schools, colleges and universities, long-term care facilities, co-housing groups, NGOs, food producers, and software companies. He holds an MA in Quantitative Sociology from The George Washington University.