The Agility Framework

There are many different ways of achieving organizational agility. However, all practical solutions need to align with the Systemic Agility Framework illustrated below.

Mission, leadership and communication give an organization direction and cohesion. They provide the glue that makes true agility possible; without these, misalignment will almost certainly occur. In all likelihood your organization will already make use of these three mechanisms, although perhaps not in a systemic way. In our experience, leadership and communication require considerable attention when striving for systemic agility.

The remaining four mechanisms are likely less familiar, but are critical to the achievement of systemic agility. Two represent external perspectives: strategic foresight provides the alertness to signals that will ensure the organization remains acutely aware of opportunities and threats; systemic insight then enables an astute interpretation of such signals given the direction and capacity of the organization. Systemic insight also then drives systemic decision making and thus provides a seamless link between external and internal perspectives. In agile organizations decision making is balanced in its use of analytics and intuition, synthesizing information to form holistic judgments. Agile implementation represents the various ways that an organization has of rapidly reconfiguring and mobilizing resources to affect these decisions.

Each organization has to find its own way of meeting the requirements of systemic agility. However they do so, each of the seven requirements must be satisfied if true agility is to be attained.