Guiderails: An Overview

An overview to Guiderails

The Guiderails for Lean-Agile transformation are a set of agreements and questions to help the organization assure they are staying on course in the transformation and to be able to make decisions at a local level that are aligned to the rest of the value stream.

Solution Delivery is a complex process. However, it is possible to see if one is on track in a relatively straightforward manner. In essence, Lean-Agile methods are about achieving the highest level of Business value realization in the shortest amount of time in a predictable and sustainable manner. This requires working on the most important Business value requests within the proper capacity to implement them quickly. This is often complex and difficult; however, it is less difficult to assess if you are staying on track. To help with this, we have defined a set of guiderails.

These guiderails take the form of non-negotiable agreements made across the organization. Each agreement has a set of questions to consider to ensure that everyone is doing what was agreed to. The guiderails are grounded both in the intention of realizing Business value and in following known principles of Lean-Agile software development. The purpose of the guiderails is both for alignment and to keep people on the right path. They provide guidance to ensure that you are on course and to allow you to make decisions at a local level while ensuring you are still aligned to the rest of the value stream.

Watch this webinar: Using Guiderails to tie Business to Technology
Read the Overview to Net Objectives Guiderails for Lean-Agile Transition (PDF).

You can also explore the Transformation page in the Library.