Aligning Organizations at Scale

Aligning Organizations at Scale

There are three ways to align an organization:

  • Use a framework as a guide that defines all roles and activities
  • Have teams organically organize around value from the bottom up
  • Align around the purpose of the organization focusing directly on the goal of achieving business agility – the quick realization of value predictably, sustainably and with high quality

The only companies that don’t have alignment issues are those with a clear purpose that people align around. When one thinks about it, that is virtually the only thing on which you can align. People can be at a company for any number of reasons. It may be a short-time gig for experience, they need the money, their significant other is there, who knows. But if they aren’t working in alignment with the purpose of the company they shouldn’t be there. It really is as simple as that.

At Net Objectives we believe aligning around the purpose of the organization is key. Here’s how to achieve this:

  1. Create Clarity on What Represents Value for the Business and Its Customers
  2. Create strategic initiatives based on these
  3. Craft Minimum Business Increments (MBIs) based on these initiatives
  4. Sequence these MBIs base on cost of delay
  5. Organize the technology group around the initiatives
  6. Allocate the cappacity of the organizatino to the most important MBIs
  7. Use Acceptance Test-Driven Development/BDD to decompose these MBIs into stories