Gartner Research

Redesign Governance for Agile Teams

Published: 19 February 2019

ID: G00700486

Analyst(s): Applications Research Team


Governance roadblocks often impede application leaders’ strategies to increase delivery teams’ speed and responsiveness using agile. Our research offers 11 principles, which can also be applied to corporate governance partners, to address these challenges.

Table Of Contents


Layers of Governance

Assessing Partner Openness to Redesigning Governance for Agile

Table 1: Assessing Governance Partner’s Openness to Redesign

Strength of Existing Partnership

Objective Alignment

Agile Exposure

Overcoming Resistance to Governance Redesign

Work Together to Address Common Concerns

Build Understanding and Commitment for Agile

Start Small and Build Comfort

11 Principles for Governance Redesign


1. Default to the Lightest-Weight Governance Process Possible

2. Define Low- and No-Governance Zones

3. Calibrate Governance and Autonomy Levels Based on Team Readiness to Self-Manage


4. Embed Governance Requirements and Real-Time Feedback Directly in Development Workflows

5. Provide Developers Access to Self-Service Expert Knowledge and Capabilities

6. Build Agile Team Capabilities to Enable Self-Governance

7. Streamline Governance Requests by Using Common Templates and Standards


8. Consolidate Distinct Governance Processes Into a Single Model

9. Synchronize Governance Processes and Reviews With Delivery Workflows and Cadence

10. Reduce or Eliminate Handoffs Between Governance Functions and Delivery Teams

11. Align Cross-Functional Teams to Common Goals and Metrics


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