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Understanding Agile Governance

Governance in this case applies to organizational governance, not only project governance. Agile refers to the mindset and the organizational culture. For #agilegovernance to happen the Senior Management needs to delegate responsibility for delivery to the next layer of management. This requires trust! Hence to prepare for agile governance the different management layers of a company need not only have to have learned to work as a cohesive team, but much effort needs to have put to build trust and to learn to trust. This always starts with yourself, are you willing to let go and to trust? Are you willing to let people use their own approach, or are you insisting on your approach only?

A true agile team can only be self-governed. If decision making happens on other levels outside of the team, this will not only slow down work, but it will not allow true agility.

Once this foundation of trust and self governance is laid, then you can build up the 4 principles of agile governance:

  1. It is based on the principles of the #agilemanifesto

  2. Agile delivery teams decide on their own empirical performance metrics for self-monitoring

  3. Collaboration is an essential change in mindset

  4. Independent reviews of the teams performance should focus on the teams behaviors and practices, not just the process and documentation

To learn more about agile governance review the community blog on

It is an exciting learning opportunity and you will be able to assess if you and you #leadershipteam are truly ready for agile governance.

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