Conference Talk

"Organizational Topologies: your roadmap towards an innovative, resilient and adaptive product development organization"

Abstract

 

Many organizations struggle to adopt "agile" in a way that delivers on its promise to make the company fast, flexible and efficient.

 

Global consultancy firms have great pitches on how to adopt different so-called “Agile frameworks”. The marketing is great, but are the results too? We see how our clients get stuck in adopting a framework - forming “agile teams”, appointing “product owners” and then clustering all this into “tribes”. Thus creating robust structures that make further organizational improvements and adaptability difficult, slow, and expensive.

This talk offers ideas how to go beyond these limiting ideas and explores a map of organizational transformation based on orgtopologies.com.

Duration

 

45-90 minutes

Key Take-Aways

In this session, the participants will learn key Organizational Archetypes and receive a hands-on thinking tool "Adaptivity Map". It allows participants to design a tailored, long-lasting roadmap to grow their organization's adaptivity towards perfection.

DESCRIPTION

 

Discovering Transformation Path

We believe that every organization needs to discover its own Agile adoption goal, and then lay down a path to it. Discovering a deeper meaning and journey is vital for any organization that doesn’t want just to adopt the Agile terminology.

In this session, we propose a context-driven approach to find the level of adaptivity that fits your organization. You will learn a new way of looking at organizational transformation towards high adaptivity. We will offer a realistic palette of corporate transformation strategies using archetypical organization topologies. 

Adaptivity Map as a Thinking Tool

We have developed a thinking tool - the Adaptivity Map. With it, you will discover different topologies of organizational design. We call them archetypes. They are mapped along two axes: team-level fluency and product-level fluency. This visual map helps you study different org design decisions, and compare and contrast them. And by doing this, you can discover the transformation path that is right for your organization and get ready for the paradigm shifts that you need to cross to move to the perfection vision of high adaptability.

 

Session Outcomes

Decision-makers attending this session will get familiar with this model and will be able to evaluate their ongoing Agile adoption (if any). They will be able to see their next horizon, and understand what options are available and what difficulties need to be overcome. Attendees will be able to assess their Agile transformation roadmap.

They will deepen their thinking on these key points:

  • Understanding how Agile adoptions are a journey and the adoption of any scaling framework is not an end-state.

  • Understanding the prevalent org topologies (archetypes of Agile organization design) and what a starting point of minimal agility is.

  • Identifying which org topology matches your current Agile adoption.

  • Learn how to navigate Agile transformations using the Adaptivity Map to improve the Agile adoption journey.

  • Learning to see the organizational changes and paradigm shifts that are required to navigate towards a more adaptive organization.

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