Agile Innovation to transition towards Enterprise Agility

SYDNEY - March 7, 2016 - PRLog -- In the last few years, more and more organisations are adopting Agile Development and Innovation Management. Combining these key methodologies has been shown key to drive effective, sustainable innovation across the continuous disrupting business landscape. Unique Excellence is a new Australian organisation that is focussed on providing this new combined service into the FMCG, Food & Beverage and Health & Wellness industry.

To provide insight in how Unique Excellence sees that Agile Innovation is different in achieving Enterprise Agility “excellence”, allowing large corporates to adopt enterprise-wide innovation is further explained in the next paragraphs.

What is the definition of Agile Development?
Agile Development refers to the approach in which organisational bottlenecks and challenges are effectively transferred into evolving solutions through collaboration between self-organising, cross-functional teams. Agile Development promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development, frequent and iterative delivery, and continuous improvement. This methodology encourages rapid and flexible response to change, allowing exceeding the evolving organisational goals, stakeholder feedback and commercial targets. Agile development within the business solution context defines 12 core principles, being:
• Satisfy the customer by quickly delivering the solution,
• Welcome value-added changing requirements and evaluate at every iteration,
• Deliver the solution frequently on a short timeframe, preferably every two weeks or more frequent,
• Team collaboration daily with stand-up meetings, usually no longer than 15 minutes,
• Support and trust motivated project teams
• Communicate face-to-face for most efficient sharing of information,
• Measure progress primarily through value added solutions
• Promote sustainable solutions. “Developers”, stakeholders, and users should be able to maintain pace in indefinitely,
• Pay continuous attention to solution excellence and solid design,
• Simplicity is core and essential,
• Keep teams self-organising around core features or deliverables,
• Regularly reflect on how the team can become more effective and adapt at the end of every iterative deployment via retrospectives.

These core principles allow organisations to continuously respond to internal and external pressures, while effectively delivering fit-for-purpose, scalable solutions.

What is the definition of Innovation Management?
Innovation management generally refers to questioning and changing the “status quo” through creating more effective organisational models, work processes, products and services that can increase the likelihood of a business reaching its organisational, operational goals and commercial targets.

Innovation can be split into the following types:
• Product and/ or Service Innovation: New and better products or service offerings that your organisation can provide and deliver to customers,
• Process innovation: New, better and more effective ways of doing activities with the focus on saving time/ money and/ or creating business growth,
• Business model innovation: Improving the way your organisation creates, delivers and extracts value from customers,
• Organisational innovation: Improving the way you manage and engage your employees to deliver value for your customers,
• Brand and communication innovation: New and better methods of representing your organisation across the wider business landscape.

During many different “transformations”, it has become very apparent that there is a direct relationship between organisations that innovate, e.g. create more efficient work processes, optimise their business and organisational model, and improved productivity leading to enhanced commercial performance.

Being innovative doesn’t solely refer to product or service inventing; effective innovation is focussed on changing your business and organisational model, adjusting internal cross-functional processes to reduce silos and effectively adapting to changes in your external business environment to deliver better products or services. Only through adopting innovation throughout your business, these organisational benefits can be achieved.

In today’s fast evolving business landscape, successful innovation should be an in-built part of your organisational strategy, where you create a culture of innovation and lead the way in innovative thinking and creative problem solving.

Why is Unique Excellence supporting organisations to combine Agile Development & Innovation Management?
If innovation management is focussed on continuously questioning and adjusting the “status quo”, Agile development allows organisations to introduce the most effective method to execute effective innovation. Combining these two business terminologies into Agile Innovation allows a clear focus on delivering evolutionary innovation across the organisational value chain through the use of self-organising teams and iterative innovation development to exceed its organisational goals. This “new” methodology focuses on the best approach to use effective self-organising teams, close stakeholder collaboration, a test & try learning environment, with the possibility to adapt the innovative solution in a continuous fast-pacing business landscape.

Agile Innovation has shows sustainable value through the focus on:
• Individuals & interactions over process & tools
• Working innovative solutions over comprehensive documentation
• Intimate customer collaboration over formal solution negotiation
• Responding to innovative change over following a “pre-defined solution plans”

This is why pockets of Agile Innovation is actively used in the business environment of many large multinationals to meet the continuous changing business landscape, however, the effectiveness of Agile Innovation is often missed...

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