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Welcome to BCG Bytes, a collection of BCG’s current thinking about all things digital by our experts in Australia and New Zealand. In this edition, one of our Agile experts, Paul McNamara shows how Agile ways of working can dramatically improve collaboration on Integrated Business Planning teams. Those who do it well have seen higher customer and supplier satisfaction, greater employee engagement, and better responsiveness to market opportunities.

We will also explore our feature How to Get Agile Right: a compilation of the best-of thought leadership on agile operating models.

The next step in better Integrated Business Planning by leveraging Agile

Although integrated business planning (IBP) is a long-term strategic process that helps companies allocate critical resources while also satisfying customer demand, there are some challenges Paul McNamara has seen in its implementation. Cross-functional coordination occurs at the business unit level, not at an individual level, teams optimise for what they need, rather than what the customer needs and sometimes they rely too much on a ‘gut feeling' rather than a data-driven decision-making approach. So how can companies move from IBP to Agile in a quick and easy way?

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How to Get Agile Right

Ever wanted the best compilation of what makes agile great in one place? Our new ‘How to’ series breaks down why Agile can work so well for companies, its greatest benefits, and some of the best tips and tricks to implement in your organisation – all in the one place. Highlights include Martin Danoesastro’s TED Talk, What are you willing to give up to change the way we work? and a great explainer on Why Agile Works. If you ever wanted to convince leadership that working agile could be for your company, this is a great resource to start on your journey.

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