The agile approach to innovation and software development initially gained popularity in the technology sector and has since been adopted by a wide range of industries. As the name imply, agile emphasizes speed and flexibility, along with a strong customer focus, this growing recognition of its transformational benefit, made it a unique business model to adopt at the enterprise level for efficient anticipation and response to industry evolution and economic conditions .

Enterprises must learn how to adapt quickly to changing technology and economic conditions or they will become extinct, no matter their size, strength or outstanding ability. Companies that understand the urgency to move and adapt faster and change their ways of working will succeed.

As digital technology dribbles into every industry, agile has become relevant to a wider range of companies, but moving to an agile operating model is tough, most organizations still faces unique challenges adopting agile as an operating model and new way of working.

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Agile Organization Trademarks and Practices

  Trademarks Practices
Strategy Strategic Management · Shared purpose and vision

· Sensing and seizing opportunities

· Flexible resource allocation

·  Actionable strategic guidance

Structure Network of Teams ·  Clear, flat structure

·  Clear accountable roles

·  Hands-on governance


Process Rapid Decision and Learning Cycles ·  Action-oriented decision making

· Rapid iteration and experimentation

· Information transparency

· Performance orientation


People Dynamic people that ignite passion · Shared and servant leadership

· Entrepreneurial drive

· Cohesive community

· Role mobility

Technology Next Generation Enabling Technology · Evolving technology architecture,

· systems, and tools

· Next-generation technology development

· and delivery practices



It’s empirical that for organizations to survive the changes brought on by the speed at which our digitally connected and increasingly interconnected world now functions and at the same time, a new generation of workers having different expectations and needs. We all need a new way of working to survive and thrive in this environment.

It is for these reasons that we recommend  to Africa organizations, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®), a form of Agile approach, which gives ability to quickly reconfigure strategy, structure, processes, people, and technology toward value-creating and value-protecting opportunities , with the integration of  stakeholder  philosophies.

While the benefits are clear, before an enterprise can gain SAFe®’s substantial business benefits, it must transform itself into a Lean enterprise.  This transformation requires developing new enterprise competencies’ that enable a new style of leadership, new ways of thinking and working, and a culture focused on value delivery and continuous improvement.

Five Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise

Lean-Agile Leadership

DevOps and Release on Demand

Team and Technical Agility System

Business Solutions and Lean Engineering

Lean Portfolio Management