Project Management

The 6 Enablers of Business Agility

Karim Harbott

We live in a world that is more interconnected, more volatile, and more unpredictable than at any point in our history. Where once it was enough to administer existing products and services efficiently, today, with ever-decreasing product and company lifecycles, that is no longer sufficient. Equally important to many organizations is the creation of valuable new products and services, together with the ability to reinvent themselves continually in the face of constant change and disruption. This is the crux of business agility.

Despite this challenging new business climate, it seems that many organizations remain perfectly evolved for a context that no longer exists. Contrary to popular belief, merely adopting a few trendy new processes, tools, or technologies will not lead organizations to become more adaptive, more responsive, and more innovative. Those taking this approach almost invariably face frustration and disappointment. Just as seeking to install an Android app on an iPhone powered by iOS will inevitably lead to failure, seeking to install modern business practices in an organization with traditional cultures, structures, policies, and leadership styles will yield the same disappointing results. The inconvenient truth that many continue to overlook is that to get meaningful results, the underlying organizational operating system must be updated to one that supports…

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