Enterprise Agile Planning: Purpose & Levels

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  • 0:04 Agile Planning
  • 0:57 From Design to Enterprise
  • 2:05 Levels in Enterprise
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

Enterprise agile planning allows companies to apply agile principles to non-design initiatives. In this lesson, we'll take a deeper look at enterprise agile planning, including its purpose and its three main levels.

Agile Planning

Seth runs a company that makes semi-completed marketing materials for small businesses. Their marketing products are a hybrid between a professional marketing plan and a DIY marketing plan.

Seth wants his company to be able to change and grow and to respond to customer needs quickly. He's particularly interested in working on the customer service division, which he worries isn't responding to customer complaints quickly enough. Is there something Seth can do?

When Seth thinks about being able to quickly respond to changes and customer needs, he's thinking about agile planning, which focuses on making it possible to rapidly develop products and processes and respond to market changes. Agile planning was originally created for software design processes, but it has now expanded beyond that realm.

To help Seth out, let's take a look at enterprise agile planning, including what it is and the different levels.

From Design to Enterprise

As mentioned, agile planning was originally about software design. It centered on fast design iterations of software and was meant to get software out, constantly improve, and allow software designers to work more efficiently. That meant saving both time and money.

But both benefits sounded so great that many people thought they shouldn't be relegated to software design. As a result, agile planning has been taken to other parts of business. Enterprise agile planning means applying agile basics to an entire initiative, not simply the design part.

For example, Seth wants to provide the best customer service processes for his clients. As a result, he's decided to start a new customer service initiative that's focused on figuring out the best way to deal with customer complaints. He can run this initiative with agility, focusing on getting new processes up and running and testing them to make sure they meet customer needs.

Enterprise agility provides a way to quickly respond to customer needs and reduce costs and production time. If Seth can get a new customer service process out and running quickly, he can keep existing customers and build upon his current customer service base.

Levels in Enterprise

Seth understands that agile planning can be applied to his customer service initiative, but he's not exactly sure how. There are three basic levels in enterprise agile planning, all with slightly different ways of approaching agility. The levels are team, program, and portfolio.

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