Published: 19 February 2019
Analyst(s): CIO 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.
Layers of Governance
Assessing Partner Openness to Redesigning Governance for Agile
Table 1: Assessing Governance Partner’s Openness to Redesign
Strength of Existing Partnership
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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