New and Improved Business Agility Assessment
It’s no secret to those in a Lean-Agile Transformation that achieving Business Agility requires a significant degree of expertise across SAFe’s seven core competencies. And while each competency can deliver value independently, they are also interdependent in that true business agility can be present only when the enterprise achieves a meaningful state of mastery of all.
Measuring competency is achieved using the SAFe suite of Assessments. The Business Agility Assessment is the highest-level view and is specifically designed for the business and portfolio stakeholders to assess their overall progress on the ultimate goal of true business agility. It provides a summary of proficiency across all seven core competencies.
Since we launched the Business Agility Assessment in January 2020 the data collected across many SAFe Enterprises has allowed us to identify areas for improvement and over the last couple of months, we have been piloting an updated version. A summary of the improvements are as follows:
- Reduced the number of assessment statements from 64 to 43 to allow both more time for discussion and to improve completion rates.
- Simplified the construction of the assessment statements to ensure that each statement clearly assesses only a single practice or behavior.
- Removed SAFe-specific terminology. This improves accessibility and helps organizations in the early stages of their transformation journey assess their general case.
The new Business Agility Assessment is now available for download from the Measure and Grow article. The original Business Agility Assessment is still available, but we recommend moving to the updated version over time to benefit from the improvements.
All the SAFe assessments are also available online for SAFe community members via our partners Agility Health and Comparative Agility. These platforms provide additional tools for data collection, analysis, comparison, and trending, that the enterprise can use to continually assess progress.
It is our sincere hope that this new version will help enterprises better achieve the business outcomes they deserve.