Jim Benson makes the point that what you want is across-the-board alignment on strategy. And Agile doesn’t address this.
He looks for 3 indicators that strategic alignment is happening:
– Understanding. Does everyone up and down know what the strategy is? How about their part in making it happen?
– Improvement. Can everyone say what improvements they’ve made recently to make the company work better re its strategy?
– Engagement. Can people say what difference the strategic direction has made, and what needs to be done now?
Short, enlightening blog. Thoughts about what he’s saying?
I think the 3 indicators of strategic alignment are very good. I would place Engagement second and Improvement third, because Understanding plus Engagement will lead to Improvement. I believe people with an Agile mindset seek understanding, engagement, and improvement, so a Lean-Agile transformation can succeed if the three indicators are present from top to bottom and will struggle if they are missing somewhere along the line. Agile is not enough. Agile + strategic alignment is not enough either. Agile + strategic alignment + Lean provide the best way to be highly effective.