The Customer Agility Framework ™ is an evolution upon the Agile Manifesto rather than the existing Agile Frameworks. It contains contains two missing links in agile organizational design firstly “What work should be done” and secondly “How can work be qualified as impactful”. It is not just focused on outputs but rather takes a holistic approach to an organisation and maps an INSIGHT to OUTCOME pathway for all work.
Accessing and processing data and sifting with artificial intelligence to find opportunities and issues then refining through unbiased human skills (user experience research) to define meaning.
Defining the impact of change upon the Customer North Star though real-time oversight in order to prioritise the delivery of planned outcomes.
It recognises that;
Deciding where to use unique human capabilities and focus artificial intelligence is the next great business evolution. Karl Smith 2022.
The Customer Agility Framework ™ provides a way to build upon the unique skills and knowledge in your organisation by optimizing it through a new way of working using Artificial Intelligence, Customer (user) Experience and Agile.
Further is defines and creates an auditable trail for the Customer North Star and seeks to support transparency between it and decision making with the Business North Star and the Technical North Star through a single instance of Work Orchestration software. It also includes Vendors and Regulators at Business Strategic, Technical Strategic, Technical Solutions and Delivery Solution levels recognising the criticality of common cadences and activity awareness of all involved in work.
Customer North Star
Defining and evolving the overall goal of the Customer (user) to ensure alignment with their needs, market segment and customer life cycle.
Business North Star
Defining and evolving the overall purpose or goal of the business in line with corporate strategy, standards, regulation and financial planning.
Technical North Star
Defining and evolving the overall purpose or goal of technical in line with corporate strategy, standards, regulation and financial planning.
While the issues around adopting Agile are numerous the critical part is what are the benefits and can they be achieved in your organisation. Many organisations have focused on the output of work as the key outcome of Agile, in a belief that it speeds up the delivery of work. Unfortunately, Agile only appears to do this if it is allowed to eliminate waste and non-Agile activities.
For example, applying Agile in an organisation without encapsulating it in a bubble of its own requirements process (insights), financing, reporting, metrics, governance, people and processes creates duality and doubles or triples costs without driving speed. However, inside that bubble it can dramatically increase speed of delivery by eliminating waste. So Agile needs to be viewed in a holistic way with upstream and downstream activities on a single axis through the organisation in order to deliver benefits.
Customer Agility Framework ™ focuses on customer journey based organizational design that own products, services and the way to run and change them though a single software system.
Customer Agility ™
The Customer Agility Framework ™ supports the attracting and retaining of customers by building customer loyalty and potential customer engagement through facilitating a direct response to customer needs. The Customer Agility Framework ™ will focus your entire organisation on listening to customers and colleagues in real-time to define the next work to be undertaken. It will enshrine a flexible way of working that supports an immediate response to changes in your target market, perceptions and opportunities.
How does the Customer Agility Framework ™ Benefit Organisations?
The Customer Agility Framework ™ has been defined as a holistic enterprise transformation system to deliver real-time oversight and intervention capabilities to for both strategic and tactical insights and outcomes for the Customer (user), Business and Technical North Star’s.
Chief Executive Officer
The Customer Agility Framework ™ is designed to ensure that your whole organisation is focused on achieving the CEO’s vision. It supports the CEO by providing a real-time overview of all work in progress and its impact upon the business markets, customers and share value.
Chief Financial Officer
The Customer Agility Framework ™ is designed to ensure a single golden source of data for all activity in an organisation. It supports the CFO to ensure that ROI and value for money can be seen in real-time.
Chief Operating Officer
The Customer Agility Framework ™ is designed to ensure that your whole organisation is implicitly focused on implementing company strategies in daily operations meeting strategic and operational objectives.
Chief Technology / Information Officer
The Customer Agility Framework ™ is designed to ensure the development, engineering and research required to improve the product and service offerings is effective. It also supports a holistic integration of technical skills while eliminating handoffs and blockers.
Agile World Institute ®
Agile World Institute ® is the Certification Authority for the Agile World ® Framework and Customer Agility Framework ™ and maintains oversight and quality management for all approved training and examination partners.
Agile certifications focuses on broad range of Agile principles often linked to a specific Agile methodology like Agile World ® Framework and Customer Agility Framework ™ and others that seek to define practices, cadences and outcome structures based upon the original concepts of the Agile Manifesto (they were created after the manifesto) some include the essential Agile Principles some do not. An Agile certification recognizes your expertise in Agile concepts, and signals to employers that you’ve taken the time to study and earn a credential, it does not define capability.
Agile World ® is fully supportive of Agile Certification bodies and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in augmentation of practical application and the evolution of Agile and New Ways of Working.
Customer Agility Framework ™ Certification
The Customer Agility Framework ™ is a specific approach to organizational planning, observation, executing and a feedback loop of work. The Agile World Institute ® is the sole authorised certifier for the Customer Agility Framework ™.
Certification will be available in 2024/25.
- Customer Transformation Consultant CTC
- Customer Transformation Leader CTL
- Customer Transformation Executive CTE
- Enterprise Transformation Consultant ETC
- Enterprise Transformation Leader ETL
- Enterprise Transformation Executive ETE
- Solutions Transformation Consultant STC
- Solutions Transformation Leader STL
- Solutions Transformation Executive STE
- Delivery Transformation Consultant DTC
- Delivery Transformation Leader DTL
- Delivery Transformation Executive DTE
Customer Agility Framework ™ tooling will also be certified by the Agile World Institute ® who is the sole authorised certifier for the Customer Agility Framework ™ tooling.
Customer Agility Framework ™ training provider will also be certified by the Agile World Institute ® who is the sole authorised certifier for the Customer Agility Framework ™ training.
Customer Agility Framework ™ practitioner and company registry will also be certified by the Agile World Institute ® who is the sole authorised certifier for the Customer Agility Framework ™ practitioner and company registry.
Thank you so much to the Team (so far)
Karl A L Smith, FBCS, FRSA Sabrina C E Noto, Walter Jennings, Karen Smith, Kieran Keegan, Jon Pearson, Rob McHarg, Carla Krieger, Cynthia Kahn, PMP, CSM, Adam Scoot, Craig Cockburn, Anthony Christensen, Jagbir Sandhu, Kelle Link, MBA, more to be added soon.
Customer Agility Framework ™ Links
Customer Agility ™ Communications Website
Customer Agility Framework ™ Website Enterprise Agility Page Detailed level, the blueprints are interactive and allow users to view at a Component level, a Detailed Component level and a Detailed level
Case Study – Global Bank HNW and UHNW Customers
Linked Article What is the Customer Agility?
Agile World Institute ® (certification authority)
Agile World ® Incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit