Agile transformation is never easy. We have found it useful to have people to agree to follow a select number of agreements. Following these agreements both makes our work more effective as well as increases our collaboration. We call these agreements ‘guardrails’ because if we see that we’re not following them we can take corrective action.
Aligning business to technology is critical. To achieve this, Net Objectives uses an approach we call Lean-Agile Guardrails. Guardrails are six agreements made across an organization to speed the delivery of business value and increase predictability and quality. Here are the guardrails:
We agree to:
These agreements have the following purposes:
Teams use the guardrails by asking themselves how well they are following the agreements. For example, we can ask – “are we keeping all of our work visible?” to evaluate our current approach. Or, if considering taking on a new project, we might ask – “will this keep our WIP within our capacity?” These questions often lead to others, such as “how would we know?” By using the guardrails, teams both increase collaboration across the workflow and ensure local decisions support global intentions.
This webinar briefly discusses each guardrail and it helps manifest Lean-Agile principles. The guardrails create a framework of collaboration providing guidance on how to work together across the enterprise in order to be effective.