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Agile Driven
Strategy Execution
Who Am I?
2
• Šarūnas Kasnauskas
• Business Intelligence and Process Analyst
@ Baltic Amadeus
• Over 2 years @ BA
Agenda
3
• The problem of executing strategic
goals
• ‘Kanban’ in a nutshell
• How we applied Kanban boards as a
solution
...
Strategic Management
4
Who do
we want
to be?
What are
going to
aim for?
How are
we going
to do it?
Strategy
Execution
Moni...
What’s the problem? (1)
5
• Sailing smooth until we get
to execution
• Balanced Scorecard and
KPIs great for monitoring
an...
Yearly goals?
6
What’s the problem? (2)
7
• Yearly objectives to reach strategic
goals have no centralized execution
process
• Therefore:
...
What is Kanban?
8
• Inspired by Toyota Production
System
• Usually, a board with cards on it
• Team pulls work from the ‘T...
Main benefits of Kanban
9
• Flexibility
• Visualizing workflow
• Limited waste
• Improved coordination
• Continuos delivery
How can we deal with the problem?
10
• Why keep Kanban only for the
developers?
• Use a tool already used by our
productio...
How does it work? (1)
11
1.List of yearly objectives dictated by strategy,
written out by the management
2.Strategic goal ...
12
Objectives -
> Tasks
Strategic
Goals ->
Objectives
Kanban of
Kanbans
Kanban of
Unit x
Kanban of
Unit y
Kanban of
Unit …
How does it work? (2)
13
6. Tasks are given a
deadline, a definition
of done
7.Each task is linked to
the strategy goals
8...
How does it work (3)
14
9. Tasks and objectives are moved
between columns while status is
transparent
10.Reviews for each ...
Kanban of Kanbans
15
BACKLOG TO DO IN
PROGRESS
DEMO DONE
Unit specific boards
16
BACKLOG TO DO IN
PROGRESS
DONE
What did we achieve?
17
• Accountability though voluntary
assignments, deadlines and clear
definitions of done
• Bird’s ey...
What can anyone take from the
approach?
18
• Visualizing the workflow
• Setting priorities
• Status transparency =
additio...
Q&A
19
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Šarūnas Kasnauskas - Agile driven strategy execution

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Agile methodologies are associated with change-friendly and results-focused software development, so why keep it only for the developers?

Among other benefits, company-wide application of Agile practices can help create inter-departmental synergy; centralize organizational strategic objectives and underlying tasks; provide a bird’s-eye view of the strategy execution progress.

The presentation will share the intermediate results of the solution implemented using a collection of Kanban boards.

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Šarūnas Kasnauskas - Agile driven strategy execution

  1. 1. Agile Driven Strategy Execution
  2. 2. Who Am I? 2 • Šarūnas Kasnauskas • Business Intelligence and Process Analyst @ Baltic Amadeus • Over 2 years @ BA
  3. 3. Agenda 3 • The problem of executing strategic goals • ‘Kanban’ in a nutshell • How we applied Kanban boards as a solution • The overall benefits
  4. 4. Strategic Management 4 Who do we want to be? What are going to aim for? How are we going to do it? Strategy Execution Monitorin and correctiv actions
  5. 5. What’s the problem? (1) 5 • Sailing smooth until we get to execution • Balanced Scorecard and KPIs great for monitoring and evaluation • What about the specific objectives and tasks to beat those KPIs? • Incorporate yearly goals?
  6. 6. Yearly goals? 6
  7. 7. What’s the problem? (2) 7 • Yearly objectives to reach strategic goals have no centralized execution process • Therefore: – Lack of accountability – No bird’s eye view of the progress • Additionally: – No strong link between Strategy and day-to-day activities – Lack of inter-department synergy
  8. 8. What is Kanban? 8 • Inspired by Toyota Production System • Usually, a board with cards on it • Team pulls work from the ‘To Do’ column • A work-in-progress limit to prevent overloading • No use of time boxes • Maximizing productivity while reducing idle time
  9. 9. Main benefits of Kanban 9 • Flexibility • Visualizing workflow • Limited waste • Improved coordination • Continuos delivery
  10. 10. How can we deal with the problem? 10 • Why keep Kanban only for the developers? • Use a tool already used by our production teams (Atlassian Jira) • Create a system of aforementioned Kanban boards • Create a feedback cycle for continuous improvement
  11. 11. How does it work? (1) 11 1.List of yearly objectives dictated by strategy, written out by the management 2.Strategic goal -> Objective -> Task 3.The objectives are prioritized and added to the Kanban of Kanbans 4.The objectives are assigned to organizational units 5.Each unit splits the objective into tasks within their own Kanban Board
  12. 12. 12 Objectives - > Tasks Strategic Goals -> Objectives Kanban of Kanbans Kanban of Unit x Kanban of Unit y Kanban of Unit …
  13. 13. How does it work? (2) 13 6. Tasks are given a deadline, a definition of done 7.Each task is linked to the strategy goals 8.Tasks are pulled from the Backlog on voluntary basis
  14. 14. How does it work (3) 14 9. Tasks and objectives are moved between columns while status is transparent 10.Reviews for each unit bi-monthly or more often 11.Dynamic new task assignment and modifications
  15. 15. Kanban of Kanbans 15 BACKLOG TO DO IN PROGRESS DEMO DONE
  16. 16. Unit specific boards 16 BACKLOG TO DO IN PROGRESS DONE
  17. 17. What did we achieve? 17 • Accountability though voluntary assignments, deadlines and clear definitions of done • Bird’s eye view of progress through the Kanban of Kanbans • A link between strategy and day-to-day activities through a strategic goal attribute for each task
  18. 18. What can anyone take from the approach? 18 • Visualizing the workflow • Setting priorities • Status transparency = additional synergy • Short feed-back loop – continuous improvement
  19. 19. Q&A 19

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