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Are You Really Agile?

Most organizations strive to become more agile. But “agile” has a very fluid, malleable definition; it’s one of those buzzwords often found in sales brochures that can mean a lot of different things. So what does it mean to be agile? What practices, patterns or approaches should organizations employ (or avoid) in their quest to become more agile? And how can you evaluate your organization’s progress toward agility? Asking these questions is easy — determining answers for your organization is much more difficult.

Unfortunately, many organizations in the public sector space find themselves stuck in so-called “old world” approaches to work, which hinder agility: rigid team structures, isolated employees with little collaboration and a general lack of testing and innovation. By rethinking these concepts, agencies stand a better chance at evolving into an agile organization that can adapt to new challenges or technologies and change directions quickly.

Agile organizations need to be able to communicate openly, face to face. They should test everything to ensure their workflow is as effective and efficient as possible. And they should expand user accessibility offsite, so that employees can work from anywhere.

Learn more about the road to agility, and the concepts and processes organizations should be looking at to get there, here.

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