The dynamic and uncertain business environment we face demands strategic agility, but it’s hard to keep agile organisations aligned. This article compares three common alignment frameworks.

‘Agile’ approaches, based on small, autonomous teams, are successfully adopted by many organisations keen to create momentum and get important things done. Organisations experiencing problems with agility at strategic (or enterprise level) often note that Agile teams integrate poorly with existing corporate culture and, when deployed at scale, can weaken alignment and coherence. In simple terms, companies applying Agile at scale need a strategy alignment framework to keep everyone ‘on the same page’.

In the future, we face dynamic and uncertain business environments. Organisations will need to evolve more strategic agility in response. This interesting article by Mattias Skarin, from the European Agile consultancy CRISP AB, compares the merits of three different strategy deployment frameworks.

We call our approach, developed with Dr Stephen Bungay, Leading through Intent. It is a proven method for implementing The Art of Action and it is a core component of Agile Strategy.

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Mattias Skarin concludes that the Art of Action’s ‘strategy briefing’ framework is a good fit for Agile strategy. In comparison to other common tools, it is precise and lightweight. At Leading Change, we refer to the tool as 5MAP (the 5 Question Mission Alignment Process). 5MAP asks all the key questions necessary to ensure Agile teams align to the overall organisational intent and cover the key topics required in comprehensive backbriefings to key sponsors, peers and stakeholders.

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