An Agile transformation can take anywhere from 18 months to several years depending on the size of the organization, the product development lifecycle, maturity of the organization at the time of the transformation, etc. With the Agile transformation, the organization will have to eventually restructure how it delivers products and releases to the market, and several new roles and responsibilities will emerge as a result. The idea here is to move the people to the work by identifying value streams for the products and what you are delivering. It is hard to predict how long the transformation journey will take. The recommendation is to let the transformation be pragmatic and evolutionary. Start by identifying and focusing on a Pilot to evaluate the custom Agile framework and how it can work in the context of the organization. The Pilot will help to evaluate the empirical data and how to improve, without exposing to much risk to the organization. This is why it is important to identify a value stream for the pilot where the other factors like skills, domain knowledge, codebase, etc. are stable and low risk.

The reasons why an organization considers adopting Agile are because of the flexibility to changing and evolving requirements, more frequent delivery (at least for demo purposes), transparency, focus on quality, faster time to market, improved efficiency and effectiveness, innovation, and the built-in discipline. An organization can still accomplish incremental value and be disciplined with Waterfall, but it will be more difficult since it's not built in to the framework.

There are other frameworks out there, some are very hierarchical and prescriptive in value streams, processes, and roles, and others are too broad and vague, with too many decisions points an organization has to make. The Agile Axiom Framework (A2F) provides a solid foundation based on proven practices for an organization to initiate their Agile journey – with enough flexibility to fine tune it along the way based on your context and empirical data points. To help ensure long-term success with an Agile transformation, it is also critical to initiate an Agile Community of Practice focused on delivering knowledge and providing a forum for stakeholders to provide feedback to further the collection of good practices and techniques in Agile approaches.

The A2F Framework extends well beyond the technology side and into HR, finance, marketing, sales, and overall organizational culture, structure, and processes to deliver more innovation - faster and better.