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AGILE TRANSFORMATION AND DELIVERY

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agile tranformation and delivery

Greater customer expectations. Getting products and services into market faster. Increasing regulation. Regardless of industry, many organisations are having to do more, and often with less – whether that’s time, people or budget.

Taking an Agile approach, at both a programme or organisational level, is proven to help business leaders not only deal with these challenges but also to thrive and grow. But achieving the benefits of Agile is more than just a methodology – it must be supported by the right leadership, culture, governance and organisational structure.

We have extensive experience in leading successful Agile programmes for organisations around the world – including the largest Scaled Agile transformations in banking, life sciences and the UK Government. With over 350 qualified Agile practitioners, we combine Agile techniques with deep industry expertise and knowledge in delivering long-lasting business change.

61% cheaper
Smaller teams
Faster delivery
Few defects

Sources: 1. Principles: The Agile manifesto 2. The Standish Group 2015 Chaos Report


What does an Agile organisation look like?

In our view, there are five key characteristics of an Agile organisation:

Ongoing customer feedback

Ongoing
customer feedback

Rapid and ongoing understanding of what your customer wants is essential to drive value.

Shorter time to value

Shorter
time to value

Organisations deliver to customers in short cycles. Shortening time to value enhances the financial performance of an organisation and makes customers happier.

A start-up culture

A start-up
culture

Through an empowering, collaborative, entrepreneurial culture, employees take ownership of company outcomes. This gives better engagement and improved morale.

Responsiveness to change

Responsiveness
to change

Using higher-fidelity and lightweight processes, organisations find it easier to pivot their focus according to priorities and value. The organisation is always working on what is most important at any given moment in time.

A simplified organisation

A simplified
organisation

Agile organisations have fewer layers, a reduced management overhead and seek to build simplicity in. This makes organisations less brittle under change.


How we can help

Our world-leading approach helps organisations become more innovative, efficient and effective, and create customer and business value faster. 

Agile transformation: We help identify why and how an orgnisation needs to transform. Our proven approach includes leadership, culture, HR, sourcing and business design and strategy.

Agile delivery: We deliver an organisation’s change agenda using an Agile approach. We bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in DevOps, programme set-up, delivery, technical expertise, training and coaching.

Transformation

  • Transition strategy and management
    • Business case development
    • Transformation planning
    • Enterprise transition management
    • Change management
  • Agile operating models
    • Value-stream based business design
    • Supporting function design (HR, procurement, finance, audit)
  • Capability and culture development
    • Team training and coaching
    • Leadership training
    • Agile talent management
  • DevOps
    • DevOps strategy and investment case
    • Architecture

Delivery

  • Delivery leadership roles
    • Product management and ownership
    • Release train management
    • Customer/user experience
  • Micro-service architectures
  • Digital engineering pods
    • Fully formed Scrum delivery teams
    • Individual Agile delivery roles
  • Continuous delivery enablement
    • DevOps tooling implementation
    • Delivery pipeline automation
  • Agile business change
    • Business change strategy
    • Continuous change management

World-class capability and expertise

We are a SAFe © Gold partner, with over 20 SAFe © Program Consultants (SPC), over 350 certified SAFe © Agilists (SPA) and over 500 Agile practitioners worldwide.

Over the last five years, we've delivered over 60 successful Agile programmes for our clients, including the largest Agile transformation in banking, life sciences and the UK Government. Our experts combine deep understanding of Agile together with in-depth industry experience.

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AstraZeneca - Supporting their Agile transformation

AstraZeneca
Supporting their Agile transformation

UK Government - Leading the Agile delivery of a £200m IT programme to transform core services

UK Government
Leading the Agile delivery of a £200m IT programme to transform core services

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): Using the latest technology to manage research studies with the potential to save lives

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Using the latest technology to manage research studies with the potential to save lives

PA opinion

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  • Computerworld - Take the lead! Why CIOs play a major role in making organisations more agile, 13 November 2017PA IT transformation expert Søren Lehn shares his view on why the chief information officer (CIO) and his or her team should show the organisation how agile methods can be applied in practice. 13/11/2017 00:00:00
  • Criticaleye - 4 ways to speed up culture change, 18 October 2017Clare Roberts, a culture change expert at PA Consulting Group, shares insights on ways to transform a business culture. 18/10/2017 00:00:00
  • Lessons from buying a car: how to cut bureaucracy and adapt a more customer-centric approachHow overhead and bureaucracy get in the way of customer-centricity...Agile expert Simon Masters takes a look at Minimum Viable Bureaucracy (MVB) - the least amount of management or process needed to ensure customer-facing teams deliver what the organisation needs them to. 17/10/2017 16:00:00
  • Cultural change: overcoming the number one barrier to Agile successChanging employee behaviour is an essential part of any successful transformation programme. But old habits die hard, and cultural and behavioural change is often one of the biggest challenges organisations face. 04/10/2017 11:00:00
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  • The new rules of engagement for an Agile environment Engaging and enabling people is key to the successful delivery of any transformation programme. When that delivery is Agile, stakeholder engagement needs to reflect the fast-paced, constantly changing and unpredictable nature of this approach. But Agile gives you a head-start as it has business change built in. Taking an agile approach has helped us to get engagement right and establish a credible and proactive feedback loop. 13/09/2017 10:20:00
  • Overcoming the challenges of Agile transformation: a conversation with Dean Leffingwell, creator of SAFeWhat are the challenges organisations are facing when they start their Agile transformations? Sam Bunting, PA Agile expert, spoke to Dean Leffingwell, director and chief methodologist for Scaled Agile Inc, about how companies can start to overcome these challenges. 18/08/2017 11:30:00
  • Big goals and small steps – the union of strategy and AgileAgile brings to mind a host of buzzwords, eg daily stand-ups, working in sprints, but what is its real value for strategists? 26/07/2017 10:20:00
  • Computer Weekly - Why now is the time to appoint a chief agility officer, 6 July 2017Simon Masters and Tess Bregman, PA's business agility experts share their insights on whether businesses should appoint a chief agility officer. 06/07/2017 00:00:00
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  • Finans DK - Why you should 'go agile' too, 29 June 2017PA business transformation expert, Stefan Knapp, discusses the three things agile organisations do to stay relevant in the age of digital disruption. 29/06/2017 00:00:00
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  • Agility is essential for organisational survivalTechnological changes will disrupt organisations in ways we can't begin to imagine. Organisations that are agile will adapt, survive and thrive. But what does it mean for an organisation to be 'Agile'? 23/06/2017 12:10:00
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  • Are you ready for the future of work?What does talent look like in a robot world? What would happen in a world where no one is directly employed by a company? PA's people and talent expert, Jennifer Cable looks at the different scenarios of what the future of the workforce could look like. 08/06/2017 10:00:00
  • Criticaleye - HR's role in implementing agile, 8 June 2017PA's people and talent expert, Amy Dickinson speaks to Criticaleye about HR's role in delivering agile in companies. 08/06/2017 00:00:00
  • How to make your IT organisation a high performerKey insights from the 2017 State of DevOps report published by Puppet and Dora - and what it means for IT leaders 07/06/2017 00:00:00
  • PA talks to Dean Leffingwell, creator of the Scaled Agile FrameworkAs a Scaled Agile Gold Partner, one of our commitments is to build excellence in the Agile community. So we hosted a talk with Dean Leffingwell, creator of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®). 01/06/2017 00:00:00
  • How to take your people with you on a change journeyPA's Emily Gee discusses the importance to bring your employees with you on the organisational change journey in order to succeed. 30/05/2017 09:00:00
  • How can you set up your teams to reap the benefits of Scaled Agile?How can organisations address the challenges arising from the introduction of agile working methods and make the most of Scaled Agile way of working? PA's agile expert Bibhas Roy thinks that implementing a consistent and global product or service operating model is the answer. 11/05/2017 16:00:00
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  • Agile Quality SystemsTo investigate how companies rate the agility of their current quality system, and the areas in which they want to achieve an 'Agile Quality System', we surveyed over 40 senior executives and representatives from some large life sciences organisations. 21/02/2017 00:00:00
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  • Agile projects need agile contractsIf companies are going to get the best out of adopting Agile as their primary delivery mechanism, they need to ensure they have an approach to strategic contracting that will position them to build strong supplier relationships and support their Agile delivery. 12/09/2016 00:00:00
  • Running portfolio planning as an Agile initiativeHow can a predetermined process, designed to give a snapshot in time, still create meaningful portfolios? What is needed is agile planning and forecasting at the portfolio level. 12/09/2016 00:00:00
  • Life Science Leader - Driving innovation In life sciences with Agile, 1 September 2016PA life sciences experts Neil Saward and Justine Johnston share insights on how life sciences companies can improve their innovation success using the Agile approach. 01/09/2016 00:00:00
  • Bioscience Technology - Debunking common objections to agile software development in life science companies, 11 August 2016PA life sciences experts Raghu Raghunath, Justine Johnston and David Lerner discuss how using the agile approach can increase project success. 11/08/2016 00:00:00
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  • Health Data Management - Think IT to enable agile collaboration in the ACO world, 22 February 2016PA healthcare expert, Nilesh Chandra, shares insights on how important it is to be agile in the healthcare ecosystem. 22/02/2016 00:00:00
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  • Applying discipline to agile techniques to fix the flaws in UK government ITThe recent 'System Error - Fixing the flaws in government IT' report from the UK Institute for Government (IfG) recommends that government teams adopt agile approaches and common platforms to deliver IT faster and cheaper. 27/06/2012 00:00:00

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