The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the pace of change across the globe and many organisations have had to adapt to change quickly and effectively by building agile teams and embracing agile ways of working.
Findings from new research from Alliance Manchester Business School and leadership consultancy Cirrus have identified six key factors of team agility that enable teams to respond quickly and effectively to changing demands. When a team achieves a blend of all six, they can be defined as truly agile. The study revealed how agile teams with these characteristics improve performance at both an individual and team level, while also boosting employee engagement.
1. Multi-skilled teams: Team members possess diverse skills and assume multiple roles when working on projects, allowing them to adapt and work amongst themselves when priorities change.
2. Iterative planning: Agile teams hold regular planning meetings to stay aligned with demands by setting short-term task goals, and reviewing progress on critical tasks.
3. Customer involvement: Agile teams focus on customer needs, collaborate and communicate with customers regularly, and incorporate customer feedback throughout project cycles.
4. Team autonomy: Agile teams are empowered to decide how to complete and organise their work, which speeds up decision-making and task cycles, and enhances task effectiveness.
5. Team Speed: Agile teams accelerate their output over time through continuous learning and improvement.
6. Team Prioritisation: Agile teams focus on delivering the most valuable customer outputs by keeping to deadlines and reprioritising tasks in line with customer priorities. They are flexible in how they complete tasks while maintaining key dates.