Operationalize: Four Disciplines of Agile Execution

The Challenge

Our customers adopted the Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) framework to execute their business strategy. The proven framework encourages all participating teams to develop lead measures that would, in turn, impact the lag measures that help achieve the primary goal of any strategic plan. The technology and engineering team operate using a methodology that does not blend with typical lead measures in a 4DX paradigm. This dissonance inadvertently resulted in silos between tech/engineering teams and the rest of the cross-functional teams at the customer.


The Solution

The 10X methodology of the Agilité toolkit enables engineering and technology teams to internalize practices like agile risk management, planned vs. delivered, velocity, % automation, and RPO/RTO, to name a few. In addition to these metrics that blend as lead measures, 4DX encourages a regular cadence of accountability for the participating teams. Leveraging planning and retrospective sessions under the auspices of the “cadence of accountability” sessions become a very organic efficiency. In short, the essence of any Agile method (Scrum or Kanban) with the right choice of practices around planning and execution, as mentioned above, very seamlessly merges with the 4DX framework. This seamless merging helps break down silos across teams.


The Result

After deployment of the 10X methodology, Agilité helped internalize metrics to measure the speed, efficiency, and quality of technology and engineering teams. By picking the correct practices (cadence of accountability and keeping a compelling scorecard) and metrics (lead measures), we assisted our customers in attaining alignment between technology and engineering. We demonstrated the following lead measure improvement because of 4DX and 10X alignment: 


  1. Sprints with groomed backlog improved from 0 to 4 in 6 months
  2. % Regression Automation improved from 10% to 60% in 6 months
  3. % Code coverage using Sonarcloud improved from 0 to 100% in 6 months

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