We consider the impact of Agile Innovation from a people perspective – both the benefits to the individual as well as the business. We review the management structures and leadership behaviours required to drive Agile and look at case studies such as Spotify for ideas and inspiration of the companies that have embraced Agile. We explore the concepts of Alignment and Autonomy as the two fundamental leadership dynamics required to facilitate Agile Innovation.
- There is no ideal structure for implementing Agile Innovation. When considering an appropriate structure, it needs to consider autonomy, alignment, trust, knowledge-sharing, community and cross-functional teams.
- Resourcing Agile Innovation effectively requires trust. Trust from the organisation that the right people are in the role, and trust from the team that the organisation will give them the autonomy to work.
- Spotify gives a great indication of how structure can work, with its Squads, Tribes, Chapters, Guilds, Sprints, release trains and blast radius approach.
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