Lyssa Adkins

Agile & Leadership Coach

Creating Your Organization's Business Agility Strategy

Optimally, your organization’s business strategy and business agility strategy are completely coupled together, one seamlessly supporting the other. Practically, what many organizations experience today is a tug-of-war between their business strategy and this thing called “business agility.” Or, a lack of business agility strategy altogether, leaving the business strategy more susceptible, and even fragile, when unforeseen changes inevitably occur. Organizations that create more business agility capability have the chance to harness change for good, and even thrive. Yet, we are in the early days of business agility and not many organizations are reaping these benefits. We need a way to think about business agility, coupled with business strategy, so that we can live into the reality of harnessing change for good.

This session will expose you to a recently published body of work, Domains of Business Agility, which serves as a model for creating business agility strategy. Think of it as a skeleton, or a thinking tool. Used this way, the model allows leaders to answer the question, “How much business agility do we need in various parts of our organization as a seamless support to our overall business strategy?”

In this session, Lyssa Adkins, author of Coaching Agile Teams and Agile/Leadership Coach, leads you through the key steps for creating such a business agility/business strategy. We’ll explore a path from the beginning (“Why do we need agility and how much?”) through to the continuing process (“How can we reap the benefits of experiments to grow our agility capability?”). Throughout, Lyssa brings her expertise in organizational culture, change and coaching to help you think about how you would practically enact a similar strategy process in your own organization.



About Lyssa Adkins:

Lyssa Adkins is a coach, facilitator, teacher and inspirer. She loves it when groups "sing."

Her current client focus is improving the performance of top leadership teams through insightful facilitation and organization systems coaching. Helping them unknot difficult, multi-department impediments is her definition of happy.

Her Agile community focus is amplifying women’s voices, which is why she is a founder of the TENWOMENSTRONG WomeninAgile programs.

For years, Lyssa has been a passionate player in the Agile Coaching profession. In 2010, she co-founded the Agile Coaching Institute and currently serves as President Emerita as well as co-leads ACI's competence-based coaching curriculum. She is the author of Coaching Agile Teams, which is still a top-10 Agile book years after publication.

Lyssa likes to explore facilitating intense conflict, societal change, organizational change, the benefits and costs of being human in the workplace, agile coaching, agile transformation, adult human development, human systems dynamics, the role of nature, and books of all sorts. She tends toward a balance of the provocative and practical, and likes to make sure she really listens to someone's question before responding.

Lyssa holds an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and Certified Integral Facilitator (IF). She is also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader.