Agile Transformations are often driven ‘Team upwards’ or ‘IT outwards’ and are not necessarily matched by corresponding wider business practices changes to support the move from a state of ‘Team Agile’ towards a wider goal of ‘Business Agility’.
Finance is often seen as one of the main stumbling blocks towards the move to ‘Business Agility’ with perceptions of rigid governance and controls. There are several common challenges with how finance practices can interact ineffectually with agile delivery practices. If these challenges are overlooked too long they can lead to critical delivery failures (e.g. CFO stops funding) which are all too often labelled as ‘Failed Agile’.
Finance practices are in place to enable commercially successful businesses and these could be seen as negative constraints to agile delivery practices, but this does not need to be the case.
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