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What’s the State of Agile in Australia and New Zealand?

Updated: 5 days ago

The state of agile in 2023.
Is Agile under the microscope?

I recently read with great interest the white paper ‘State of Agile 2024 Australia & New Zealand’ by ADAPTOVATE. 


The document details findings from 2023 on bolstering business agility across varied industries in Australia and New Zealand.


It delves into seven key enablers of business agility, their significance, and the typical challenges faced during implementation.


The year of 2023 presented significant hurdles for businesses, including escalating costs, supply chain disruptions, and workforce issues tied to the cost of living, job security, and the implications of artificial intelligence.


Many of these challenges are still continuing today. 


We’re seeing numerous companies put a hold on new investments, choosing instead to concentrate on enhancing operational efficiency and productivity. The forward-thinking ones are looking inwardly at their most important asset:  Their people. 


Despite varying circumstances across organisations, there were consistently shared challenges throughout.


State of Agile - top 10 takeaways

Below are the top 10 Insights from the 'State of Agile 2024 Australia & New Zealand' we've found. 

  1. There’s still an Importance of Business Agility: Essential for organisations to quickly adapt to changes, drive innovation, and stay competitive in a dynamic market environment.

  2. Organisations are struggling with High-Value Projects: 50% of organisations find it difficult to prioritise and allocate resources effectively to high-value projects, leading to inefficiencies and missed opportunities.

  3. Autonomy and Collaboration is lacking: A lack of team autonomy and effective collaboration, recognised by 63% of organisations, can significantly impede project delivery. Enhancing these areas can greatly accelerate market success.

  4. Underutilised Collaboration Tools: Despite the significant investment, many organisations do not fully utilise collaboration tools, indicating a gap in effective training and application.

  5. Tailored Agile Implementation: Each organisation's unique strengths and weaknesses in agile practices necessitate a customised approach to agile implementation, with no one-size-fits-all solution.

  6. Change Fatigue vs. Desire for Improvement: Despite 55% of teams experiencing change fatigue, there is still a strong willingness to adopt new methods if they effectively address existing challenges.

  7. Key Enablers of Business Agility: Highlights seven critical enablers of business agility, including the need for broad alignment on purpose and empowered individuals with decision-making authority.

  8. Leadership and Alignment: Misalignments, which are surprisingly common, can significantly disrupt project outcomes and team morale.

  9. Continuous Improvement Culture: Encouraging a growth mindset, where over 80% of organisations noted a lack of sufficient stakeholder engagement, is crucial for adaptability and responsiveness.

  10. Sustainable Practices and Tools: Developing sustainable agile practices is essential, as 50% of organisations report inconsistent approaches to governance and planning.


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Read ADAPTOVATE’s research, State of Agile 2024 Australia & New Zealand

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