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Our Latest Thinking on Agile

Agile helps organizations move from rigid to resilient, transforming how they get work done. Read about the benefits of agile and how it can spark innovation and growth in the digital age.


What Is Agile?

Agile is a way of working that stresses collaboration and responsiveness. Cross-functional teams break down the walls within organizations while iterative cycles mean feedback, and improvements, are incorporated quickly.

Agile teams build solutions—and solve problems—in a faster yet more-targeted way. Born in software development, but widely applicable, agile can double speed to market and increase customer satisfaction by 10% to 20%. It’s not just a methodology. It’s a catalyst for success.

Agile Ways of Working

Many organizations embrace agile only to see their efforts stall or disappoint. What do the successes have in common? Leaders who empower teams, encourage new behaviors, and have the ability to learn, adapt, and adjust course.

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Why Agile Works

Getting optimal results from agile requires a commitment to strategic clarity that is critical yet uncommon.

The Benefits of Agile

To unlock the full power of agile, organizations need a new operating model. And new ways to measure agile’s impact.

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Agile Works—but Are You Measuring the Impact?

Companies are investing tens of millions of dollars in agile transformations, but efforts to assess the results can go astray. Some companies have cracked the code—with astonishing results.

Agile and Digital Transformation

Agile methodologies can help companies tackle—and achieve breakthrough performance in—key digital topics, such as outsourcing, data analytics, and planning for digital transformation and technology investments.

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An Agile Fix for Tech Planning

Most tech executives would agree that the process of justifying, funding, and tracking resources is bureaucratic, enervating, and inefficient.

Agile Across Industries

From aerospace manufacturers to beverage conglomerates, organizations across sectors are discovering—and reaping—the benefits of agile.

Brewing an Agile Transformation at Heineken

The Dutch beverage conglomerate began its agile transformation in the IT department, where leadership worked hand-in-hand with other departments as well as with outside suppliers and the company’s employee work council.

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Finland’s Biggest Financial Group Goes All In on Agile

In 2018, OP Financial Group owned a solid share of Finland’s home mortgage, corporate loan, and nonlife insurance markets. But the company, the nation’s biggest banking and insurance institution, needed to act faster to keep up with a more competitive business environment and new technologies.

Agile Innovation

Agile ways of working are replacing outdated, static management approaches—and heralding new opportunities and efficiencies.

Deutsche Telekom Gives Customer Service an Agile Makeover

The company couldn’t count on technology alone to remain Germany’s mobile leader, so it adopted new ways of working for customer engagement—with winning results.

The World Bank’s Human Capital Project: A Case Study of Agile in Action

Agile continues to deliver extraordinary benefits: in just three months, a team delivered a complex, high-profile product that normally would have taken a year.

Agile for Leaders

For agile to succeed, leaders need to get out of their comfort zone. They need to embrace, reinforce, and—crucially—practice new behaviors.

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Agile Traps

Agile is hard—really hard. But when companies don’t commit to planning and execution, they risk falling into one of several known traps.

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The End of Management as We Know It

Managers are lost in a transition between the death of one form of management and the birth of another. Here’s how some organizations are successfully transitioning to agile.

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Is Leadership Your Agile Blindspot?

Good leaders thrive during crises. Instead of pretending to know all the answers, they help their teams navigate uncharted territory together.

Our Agile MythBusters Series on LinkedIn

BCG experts share insights, best practices, and success stories of agile ways of working.

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Achieving Organisational Agility at Scale

Companies must look at a combination of “bottom up” and “top down” approaches for a successful agile transformation–but what does that actually mean in practice?

Our Latest Thinking on Agile

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