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Helpful Tips on Building a Continuous Improvement Leadership Team

Building a strong, effective continuous improvement leadership team is critical for AgilityHealth® to be a success in your organization. Teams who are working towards high performance, need a leadership team who is committed to helping them in their journey by removing impediments in the team's way. This is accomplished when the leadership team pulls and completes Organizational Growth Items in AgilityHealth®.

Below you will find key tips our customers have found helpful in ensuring the success of continuous improvement leadership teams.

1. Gain senior leadership support in communicating to their managers and leaders the importance of pulling in and removing Organizational obstacles for their teams and emphasize the WHY (going faster, higher quality, more productive teams, happier people, etc.).

2. Use the four buckets of Organizational Growth Items (OGIs) to structure your continuous improvement leadership teams. The four buckets are:

  • Agile Practices (such as story writing, roles and expectations, planning challenges, facilitation, cross-team planning, impediment management., tracking and reporting progress, metrics, etc.)
  • DevOps and Tech Agility (technology challenges related to tools, practices, servers, skills, deployment, automation, etc.)
  • Product (challenges related to prioritization, cross-team priority management, clarity on roadmap/vision, discovery, feature readiness and value)
  • Leadership/Mgmt (challenges related to allocation and stability, having the right people, skills and talent, training needs, team dynamic challenges, management style, lack of empowerment, etc.)

3. Treat continuous improvement leadership teams as a team that sits together and plans their work during cross-team planning meetings each quarter. Have the team demo their progress monthly and quarterly to the teams who requested the OGIs.

4. Limit the OGI WIP to only three items; if they get them done, they can pull more. Train leaders on how to break their work (OGIs) into smaller achievable stories. Make sure you're creating high quality OGIs with clear acceptance criteria and priority during or after each retrospective.

Be sure to visit all our articles on Key Manager Responsibilities to learn more.

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