As many organizations continue to confront the challenges of achieving greater agility (Agility Model and Manifesto for Agility) at scale in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world (which arouses fear), various options have emerged (and are gaining recognition), including:
- Scott Ambler’s Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
- Craig Larman’s and Bass Vodde’s Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Less.Works
- Dean Leffingwell’s Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
- Ken Schwaber’s Agility Path
- Jeff Sutherland’s ScrumPLoP (“Scrum at Scale“)
While each of these approaches advances a particular world view, they don’t particularly provide a means for adopting, scaling, and sustaining agility.
Conscious Agility — which emerges from Conscious Capitalism, Business Agility, and Antifragility with experience fully rooted in decades of practice across many industry domains — is a design-thinking approach for business ecosystems that integrates awareness with intuition, orientation, and improvisation so that individuals and collectives may benefit from uncertainty, disorder, and the unknown.
Conscious Agility intentionally uses the concept of a fresh Canvas, a description of reality that reflects how stakeholder work together (are being and doing) within an ecosystem. Each Conscious Agility initiative begins with a fresh canvas which:
- First gains shape, perspective, and breadth (for example, as a sketch);
- Then contrast and depth (for example, shading the sketch); and
- Finally detail and focus (for example, texturing the shaded sketch).
And within a Conscious Agility initiative, the contents of these approaches (SAFe, DAD, LeSS, etc.) may be appropriately used to evolve the canvas.
See Conscious Agility: A Brief Introduction for more information.
Conscious Agility for . . .
Alternatively, Conscious Agility could be used more explicitly while focusing on one of these approaches (SAFe, DAD, LeSS, etc.) — Conscious Agility for SAFe (CA-SAFe) or Conscious Agility for DAD (CA-DAD) or Conscious Agility for Lethe approaches (SS (CA-LeSS) — while offering a proven options for adopting, scaling, and sustaining agility.
For example, SAFe clearly acknowledges that “SAFe does note implement itself and indeed makes no attempt to describe the significant organizational change management, cultural impacts, implementation strategies, and training and services provisioning that are typically required for successful implementation” but offers brief “recommendations for implementation,” Conscious Agility or Conscious Agility for SAFe (CA-SAFe) would fill this void and guide an implementation team in exploring the various elements from the Team, Program, and Portfolio levels that might be implemented as well as consider the significant organizational change management, cultural impacts, implementation strategies, etc. required for successful implementation.
Keeping the “Human Element” Paramount
Additionally, not only does Conscious Agility offer a means for adopting, scaling, and sustaining agility, but it also offers the ability to
- Integrate aspects from any of the above approaches (among others) together
- Explicitly recognize and appreciate the nuances of the context in which adopting, scaling, and sustaining is to occur.
And Conscious Agility’s uniqueness in being agnostic and embracing an all-inclusive viewpoint, integrating relevant perspectives yet keeping the “human element” paramount, makes it only that much more essential for successfully adopting, scaling, and sustaining agility.