Industrial Agile Transformations Lacking Business Emphasis: Results from a Nordic Survey Study

Petri Kettunen, Maarit Laanti, Fabian Fagerholm, Tommi Mikkonen, Tomi Männistö

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In agile transformations, agile principles and practices are applied across the organization – ultimately for an agile enterprise. Such company-wide changes are not straightforward and there are research needs to understand how they are successfully conducted and sustained. We have recently done an industrial agile survey in Finland (2018) and in Sweden (2019). The findings suggest that there are many goals for companies to become (more) agile. Operational goals (productivity, quality) and responsiveness to customer/market changes are the most often reported ones, but higher-level business goals (new product development, new business innovations) appear to be less common. There are many ways to conduct agile transformations. Not all companies display a clear strategy. Operational goals appear to be more in focus than the business strategic ones and the overall agility of the company. Overall, our survey results suggest that companies put more emphasis on operational and organizational agility than business and enterprise agility. We suggest that each company should declare a clear purpose and well-defined business goals for the agile transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware Business - 11th International Conference, ICSOB 2020, Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication11th International Conference, ICSOB 2020, Karlskrona, Sweden, November 16–18, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsEriks Klotins, Krzysztof Wnuk
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-67292-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-67291-1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Software Business - Karlskrona, Sweden
Duration: 17 Nov 202018 Nov 2020
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Business
Abbreviated titleICSOB


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