There is a lot of talk around being an “agile” organization these days. Since COVID began so abruptly last spring, many organizations are reconsidering how they adapt to change, and being “agile” sounds appealing. Leaders are asking their teams to be more agile, but what should teams count on those in a leadership role to do in an Agile organization?
One foundational principle of both Agile and Lean, is to decentralize decision making. Specifically, delegate decision making to the lowest possible level that can make an responsible decision. This avoids teams having to unnecessarily escalate decisions, which often causes delay. Thus, teams should be able to count on their Agile Leaders to empower employees down the line to make real-time decisions. In doing this, the teams are empowered to manage their work and drive deliverables.