Due to the developments described above, many companies are striving to evolve into a fully agile organization. However, this change is not a single lever that can be flipped from one moment to the next, but requires a long-lasting transformation that involves not only the top-down introduction of agile frameworks, but in particular bottom-up developments in the culture and self-image of the organization and its employees. So are we now on the road to agile? In the long view, yes! But, in the words of Keynes, “In the long run, we’re all dead.”
Granted, the statement may seem harsh. Nevertheless, especially in fast-moving environments like the VUCA world, the medium-term view applies more! So, in this medium-term view, in many organizations today, we are on a journey from old, proven processes to agility as a response to the VUCA world. For this reason, we recommend becoming aware of this fact, developing an individual working model for the specific deployment, and once this has been found and tested, scaling the “own framework”. In this way, a suitable procedure for the co-existence of the two streams of classic and agile work is applied, this co-existence is actively and consciously managed, and a convergence of these two approaches is achieved in the long term.