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Organizations worldwide face an era of exponential change as new technologies, competitors, and customer expectations emerge faster than ever. To thrive in these turbulent times, companies need frameworks and tools that help them quickly adapt and deliver value.

Many have turned to agile approaches like the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) or Scrum for their ability to promote fast feedback and incremental delivery. However, even these frameworks don’t explicitly address preparing for and navigating accelerated change.

That’s where the 6 Enterprise Agility Readiness Factors can help. These factors provide guidance on cultivating an agile, adaptive mindset across all levels of an organization. Incorporating them into SAFe or Scrum strengthens readiness for uncertainty and empowers people to embrace change as an opportunity. The 6 factors are:

These factors can be incorporated into SAFe practices like Team Charters, Program Backlogs, and Release Train planning. For example, add “Review Industry Dynamics” as a recurring activity in Team Charters. Or include “Sense Market SIgnals” in Program Backlogs. Leadership can demonstrate commitment by allowing time for sensing activities and experimentation.

Similarly, Scrum events like Retrospectives or Backlog Refinement are opportunities to assess readiness factors. Make discussions on adapting to change a regular Retrospective theme. Add readiness-building items like “Research on New Customer Expectations” to Backlogs. Here is a more in-depth look at incorporating the 6 Enterprise Agility Readiness Factors into SAFe and Scrum:

For SAFe:

For Scrum:

In both frameworks, the key is to build in time and space for focusing on readiness, not just sprint execution. This strengthens the adaptive capacity to respond to both incremental and exponential change. With the right mindset and practices, organizations can leverage SAFe or Scrum to navigate uncertainty and drive innovation. It is also worth checking out Future thinking in Enterprise SAgility to better understand how to prepare the organization for the unpredictability ahead.

By integrating readiness factors into existing scaled agile practices, organizations build the resilient, adaptive foundation needed to navigate uncertainty. They gain the agility to respond quickly when disruptive change inevitably emerges. With the right mindset and capabilities, exponential change is transformed from a threat into an opportunity.

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