Strategy-Focused Agile Transformation: A Case Study

Sharp, Helen and Taylor, Katie (2020). Strategy-Focused Agile Transformation: A Case Study. In: Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming – Workshops, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, Springer, pp. 164–172.



Strategic agility enables an organisation to sense and seize opportunities, manage uncertainty and adapt to changes. This paper presents one case study of a traditional charitable organisation taking a strategy-focused approach to agile transformation. Interview data was collected over a 13-month period through interviews at different stages and with different members of the transformation team and Heads of Department. This case study illustrates the challenges faced in such a transformation, and shows that strategic agility requires different time horizons to co-exist: a future vision, a medium term set of objectives and a short term performance monitoring perspective.

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