Agile organization and transformation

In markets that appear increasingly complex, volatile and unpredictable, the ability to react quickly and frictionlessly to external changes becomes a decisive competitive advantage. No wonder, then, that the term agile organization has become extremely popular in recent years. Because consistently implemented, it enables companies to adapt flexibly to changing conditions without losing sight of the customer focus. Especially in the context of digitization, the increasing integration between suppliers, service and product providers and customers as well as extreme flexibility requirements, an agile organization has high potential.

In practice, however, the concept of agility is often misrepresented or abbreviated. Because agile transformation encompasses much more than just the application of agile methods. It affects the entire organization at all hierarchical levels and in all granularities: both individual employees and managers who have to familiarize themselves with new roles, responsibilities, working methods, structures and tools. On the one hand, this includes working in interdisciplinary teams with a high degree of decision-making freedom and self-organisation. On the other hand, at the level of the overall organization, topics such as business agility, a flat organizational structure, portfolio management and capacity-oriented budgeting need to be addressed.

The focus is always on customer benefit. By focusing on the customer and his requirements and needs, better cooperation can be achieved and customer satisfaction increased. Agile frameworks such as SCRUM, SAFe, LeSS or Nexus allow you to react quickly to customer needs and wishes even beyond the team level and adopt an agile attitude that goes hand in hand with trust and self-organization. The most important goals are to increase the speed of innovation, extremely shorten project times and to react quickly to trends, customer requirements and market changes. The greatest danger here is that the agility of individual projects or departments is often restricted by the non-agile organizational units surrounding them, so that the opportunities offered by agility cannot be fully exploited. Against this background, the transformation of classical structures into agile organizations (agile transformation) gains strategic relevance.

ROI-EFESO has extensive experience in planning and actively supporting enterprise-wide agile transformation. By this we mean the holistic change of the company in the areas of processes, organization, strategy and culture, so that an effective adaptation to the complexity, volatility and dynamics of the environment is made possible. In doing so, we rely on a proven approach with the following focal points: 

  • Agile Mindset: The prerequisite for success and sustainability of any agile transformation is a cultural change. This requires that employees not only know and understand the process frameworks such as SCRUM, SAFe, LeSS or Nexus, but also recognize the general meaning and added value of agile methods through their own application. 
  • Agile approach: The transformation project itself should also be designed and implemented as an agile project. Based on an analysis and the joint development of a vision and a target image, we guide and accompany companies through the transformation and continuously review the target course. Thus we change processes, organization, culture in a short cycle and in close cooperation with those responsible in companies and create a sustainable foundation of methods and tools. 
  • Knowledge transfer: We accompany managers and employees of the company with intensive training and coaching. This guarantees successful implementation and target achievement. On the other hand, we ensure through intensive knowledge transfer that strong teams with an agile mindset and comprehensive methodological know-how are created that ensure that the initiated changes are sustainable.

Case Studies

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Transformation through smart product development. A job for the "I-Team": A strong development team at a manufacturer of household appliances recorded solid success. But now customers want to network kitchen appliances, refrigerators and mixers in the “smart home”. ROI-EFESO established an "I-Team" with the fresh perspective of "digital natives" and accompanied the internal change with great success.

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In the furniture industry, the use of digital technologies can pay off in several ways: with virtual reality, big data analytics or online configurators, additional sales channels can be opened up. With a globally represented bed manufacturer, ROI-EFESO implemented an "end-to-end digitization" project that took into account all relevant stages of value creation: from the customer experience to ordering to production and logistics.

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An automotive supplier improved the transparency of work and organizational processes in a production plant for dashboards. With a "Digital Process Twin" from ROI-EFESO, the company reduced the reject rate and made improvement potentials in its value creation networks visible.

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Shaping the factory of the future with Lean 4.0. How can lean principles be combined with the technologies and possibilities of networked digitization in value creation networks? By further qualifying employees to become decision-makers. The ROI-EFESO certification program for "Lean Digital Manager" shows how digitalization of lean production works. To do this, it combines strategies with Industry 4.0 technologies.

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The energy market is data-driven, smart solutions determine the business model. In order to always be a step ahead of the competition, one thing is required: flexibility in thinking and acting. A utility company wanted to take the performance of its global R&D organization to a new level. In the first step, together with ROI-EFESO, it obtained a general overview of the respective degree of agilization of the various R&D units and processes.

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The ROI-EFESO case study describes how a confectionery manufacturer is expanding its competitive position with a comprehensive digitalization initiative. With ROI-EFESO, it is expanding the successes already achieved by its WCOM (*World Class Operations Management) program in the direction of highly digitalized production.