Enterprise Agility Rock Star

Be an Enterprise Agility Rock Star: Shift from Doing Agile to Being Agile

PMI Talent Triangle
The Talent Triangle

Our Senior Vice President, Jim Blizzard, is an invited guest speaker at the Project Management Institute – Central Virginia’s 2019 Symposium on September 12, 2019. This is a jam-packed day for professionals looking to gain knowledge (up to 8 PDUs available) and get connected with like-minded and local Project Managers.

The 2019 PMICVC event will focus on 3 areas: technical project management, leadership, and strategic business management, collectively known as the Talent Triangle by PMI.

Legit Rock Star Status

This year’s event will be kicked off with a lively keynote by Mark Schulman, drummer of P!NK, who will amp up the audience to boost R.Q. (Rock star Quotient) and hack into the Rock Star mindset.

7 Ways to be an Enterprise Agile Rock Star

This inspired us to blog about what it means to ‘rock’ at Agile Project Management and align with the three areas of the Talent Triangle. This takes agile beyond the mediocrity of ‘just doing agile’ and to the next level, the Rock Star enterprise level.

Below are Blizzard’s Top 7 ways to be an Enterprise Agile Rock Star.

  1. Make a promise: Know what promises your organization makes to its customers
  2. Be strategic: Shed the “governance” mindset and embrace the “strategy mindset”
  3. Always have a “plane on the runway”: Architectural and Process runways are key to keeping the Agile engine running
  4. Align to your capabilities: Organizing to provide end-to-end delivery of your capabilities increases collaboration, transparency, and moving the needle for your customers
  5. Put your head in the cloud: Increase nimble response for internal and external forces by moving to the cloud to make scaling easier and increase resiliency for your customers
  6. Adaptation: Increase technical versatility and create an adaptive mind-set that is open to innovation
  7. Let the data guide you: Turn your corporate data into an asset and apply analytics and cognitive processes that will allow your business to know when to bob and weave to market forces

Doing Agile: An Interactive Discussion on Enterprise Agility

Jim Blizzard SVP Headshot
Jim Blizzard, Speaker and Impact Makers’ SVP, Consulting Services

At the symposium, Jim will lead an interactive two-part discussion to learn and discuss what to look for as you help drive your company into an age of Enterprise Agility and move from “doing Agile” into “being Agile.” If you can’t make the presentation, follow the Twitter discussion using #HowToBeAgile.

What does it mean to be Agile?

Many companies are on some sort of agile journey and undergoing an “Agile Transformation.” What does that really mean to be Agile? What is the desired end state of an Agile transformation? Is it an organization full of release trains, scrum teams, and Kanban boards? Does that bring the organization Enterprise Agility?

Enterprise Agility is much more than rolling out Agile or Scaled Agile (SAFe) frameworks into your organization. While the cadence and ceremonies of SAFe are an important part of DOING Agile, it usually does not, by itself, drive the organization into BEING Agile. Agility is required to react nimbly to the diverse, and sometimes, turbulent forces that impact your business including market changes, technology changes, compliance constraints, and industry expectations. Enterprise Agility encompasses your whole company – IT, HR, Marketing, and the primary business operations. It impacts strategy and accelerates the delivery of your brand to your customers.

Join Us at the PMICVC Symposium

If you’re interested in joining the conversation, consider attending the PMICVC Professional Development Day – September 12, 2019. Pre-registration is required.

Connect and Tell Us What Makes an Agile Rock Star

We want to hear from you. What do you think is most important for Enterprise Rock Star Agility? Tweet us @Impact_Makers or #HowToBeAgile.