Agile may have been around for years, but many teams still struggle to deliver valuable products in time to meet customer needs. Burdensome processes, poor communication, and difficulties managing changing requirements make it nearly impossible to succeed, much less create a culture of continuous improvement.
EK can help you become more agile so that you can reach your business goals, regardless of whether they are:
- Bringing products frequently to market that serve your customers better and increase market share
- Turning around technical departments that are not able to launch products, collaborate, or prioritize effectively
- Improving reliability and predictability in your product portfolio or PMO
- Reaping the full benefits of the agile mindset in your business, marketing, or sales teams, or expanding it to enterprise level
Our skilled facilitators and experienced agilists have led agile adoptions in product teams big and small, simple and complex, in industries both traditional and forward-thinking. If you think agile mindset is unreachable for your organization, think again. Whether at the team, portfolio, or enterprise level, we have the know-how to apply the right combination of agile, lean, and change practices to get it working for you.
What We Do
- Business Agility Transformation
- Agile Team Coaching
- Agile Program and Portfolio Management
- Agile Training & Facilitation
- Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and Agile Business Analysts
EK knows that the agile mindset manifests itself differently in each organization. We take the time to understand the dynamics within an organization and uncover the changes that are needed to successfully lead it into the future. We will work closely with you to develop effective strategies, build self-organizing teams, and create a cadence of communication and feedback. As with all of our efforts, we focus on delivering highest value transformation efforts first so and organization can benefit immediately.
Business Agility Transformation
If you are aiming to infuse agile into the way your whole company does business, EK’s enterprise agile coaches can help. By coaching business leaders to be more agile, we enable them to create a culture of learning, adaptation, and resiliency in their organizations. We go beyond a focus on product delivery and take a systemic approach to understanding the unique assets and challenges in transforming your organization. Our enterprise agile coaches will focus on iterative improvement to an array of unique business areas, including organization design, the budgeting cycle, knowledge practices, cultural needs, and governance.
Team Agile Coaches
Whether a team is working in Scrum, Kanban, XP, or a scaled framework, EK believes that with the proper guidance, team members can learn to be more accountable to each other. Our certified coaches guide teams in developing their ability to deliver quality products, make realistic plans and commitments, and increase their efficiency and effectiveness. For both technical and non-technical teams, we enable you to become more agile and deliver quality products more often.
Agile Program and Portfolio Management
From project initiation and visioning to managing a large portfolio of products, EK’s agile program and portfolio-level coaches can help you bring order to complexity and understand where agile is the best approach. By employing our proven techniques, we will help you deliver only the most useful and highest priority products and features to your customers. We also provide coaching for Product Owners, equipping them with tools and techniques to elicit and convey strong product vision, better manage business and development relationships, and facilitate projects more effectively throughout the design and development phases.
Agile Training & Facilitation
Agile concepts are simple and intuitive, but challenging to apply properly without the help of experienced agilists. For organizations that have failed with agile previously or need a place to start, EK’s Agile Activation Workshop can help you by aligning on a vision and goals around your unique transformation, determining key roles and responsibilities, and setting a clear roadmap toward transformation. In addition, for organizations that are ready for true business agility, EK’s Business Agility Starter Kit will get enterprise agility off on the right foot with templates, tools, and our expert support. EK also offers custom training and facilitation on request.
Scrum Masters, Scrum Professionals, and Product Owners
If you are looking to fill a gap on your agile team, our Certified Scrum Masters (CSM), Product Owners (CSPO), and Agile Business Analysts have you covered. We help to establish time-boxed sprints that result in working products, and work iteratively to build and refine products based on prioritized stakeholders needs. Our time-proven methods effectively track the team’s progress, remove roadblocks, and create an environment of open communication.
Our close guidance, hands-on training, and skilled facilitation provide you with the tools and capabilities needed to quickly show progress toward your business goals. Beyond the benefits to the software development lifecycle, EK can help you transform the way you do business by creating more transparency with customers and within teams, fostering a culture of feedback and continuous learning, and building the capacity to quickly adapt and react to changes in stakeholder needs. By partnering with EK in your agile journey, your team will be prepared to deliver successful products and mature towards continuous improvement.